Career Outlook

The median weekly salary of those with bachelor’s degrees is 50% higher than that of those with a high school diploma.* Set yourself apart by continuing your education.

Fire protection engineers have some of the highest starting salaries among all college graduates.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics** (BLS) predicts that employment in fire protection engineering and related occupations will increase as much as 11 percent by 2022. A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level positions.

A 2013 survey of EKU fire program graduates with bachelor’s degrees found that

  • 100% agreed that the degree expanded their knowledge in the industry
  • 96% agreed that the degree helped them advance in the field
  • 86% agreed that the degree helped them get promoted or secure a promotion

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2012)

** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Health and Safety Engineers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/health-and-safety-engineers.htm (visited June 18, 2014).

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