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.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics** (BLS) predicts that employment of firefighters is expected to increase as much as 7 percent by 2022. Overall, protective services occupations are expected to increase by 8 percent.

Although the demand for services will increase, job opportunities may be limited. Those with an advanced degree should have an advantage.

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, Firefighters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm (visited June 10, 2014).

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