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Statistics From SurveysStatistics From Surveys

Stats here are for those who have completed the program. Of those starting the program, 14 out of 22 (64%) of people surveyed successfully completed it.

Survey QuestionAverage
Program Completion Time12 month(s)
Attended School Mostly Full-Time64%
Program Difficulty (1-100)62
Satisfied With the School90%
Well-Prepared for Career72%
Would Choose Program Again57%
Career is Directly Related to Program79%
Easy to Find Job81%
How Long to Find First Job3 month(s)
Working Mostly Full-Time93%
Salary (Not Necessarily Full-Time)$37,000
Salary Met Expectations66%
Trouble Making Loan Payments57%
Satisfied With the Career88%

Schools Offering This Program, by StateSchools Offering This Program, by State

(Offering certificates of less than two years of study)

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► Common Careers for this Major▼ Common Careers for this Major

People getting a certificate in this major often choose among careers such as (among others):

  • Firefighters
  • Fire Inspectors and Investigators
  • Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Why did people choose this program of study?Why did people choose this program of study?

"I picked Firefighting because it is a career I have been in close contact with as a Paramedic, and because I enjoy the idea of feast or famine, in other words, I enjoy the downtime you get, but also the fact that your downtime can be interrupted at any moment to go cut line for 18 hours or assist structural firefighters. It lets me study and continue my education while making a difference."
"I started just doing the EMT Basic course. During the course they introduced us to the criminal justice program or the fire-fighting program as well. When we got to work at a fire department and do drills I realized I also wanted to obtain a certification for fire-fighting."
"I wanted to be a Marine Corps Fire Fighter. This school prepared me both mentally and physically to become a fire fighter."
"I had a mid-life career change and this was choice of career path."
"I wanted to make a difference in the community that I reside in. I always was interested in pursuing a carrier in this field."
"I got into a fire cadet program and I was taking all the classes for that, and there was the program so I decided to join. I think I made a great desicion, I learned a lot"
"I was always fascinated by how powerful fire can be. This program got deep into that topic but gave you the tools to control."
"My father was Chief of the Fire Department at the time, and I wanted to follow in his foot steps. I also wanted to branch out and help fight forest fires."
"I chose this program because I had always had an interest in protective services. This program was the best fit for my interests, and there was room for growth."
"I wanted a challenge and an interesting career. The schedule of 48 hours on, 5 days off also seemed amazing. I really like the culture in the fire fighting work place."
"I chose this because I wanted to become a effective volunteer fireman. I also wanted to have some training that I could fall back on if another career didn't work out."
"Our county has a serious lack of female firefighters. I have always been interested in the field and when it was offered for basically free I couldn't pass it up."

What surprised people about this program of study?What surprised people about this program of study?

"I was surprised at how much basic weather science and meteorology you have to learn and remember in order to do the job safely and effectively."
"In the state of MN fire-fighters are also often required to be EMT or First Responder certified. This was not something I was aware of. There is a lot of learning that goes into the EMT portion of this - such as anatomy, CPR, BLS, etc. I also was amazed at what different jobs fire-fighters have outside of your typical view of fire-fighting. We practiced drills that included things like ice rescue or climbing the ladders."
"I was surprised how Physically challenging the course was and had to really study every day to keep up with the work load. I was also surprised that I was afraid of high places and had to overcome that fear on a daily basis."
"How many medical calls instead of fire calls we would be running, only about 10% of calls we run are for fire."
"How hard the job was, the quickness of going out and leaving to the locations."
"I was surprised that there would be so many essays and that the classes for so long, I didn't realize that or I would have scheduled class differently.I wish I could've changed that in the middle of the semester."
"i was suprised how much math was involved. Im really good at math so it made it easier than i initially anticipated."
"I was surprised on having to demonstrate on how to do a back burn before the class was actually taught. I was asked this because of my previous fire fighting experience before I stated the class."
"The long hours to train to be ready to meet class goals."
"I was surprised at the different levels of difficulty throughout the levels of certification. The more educated I became, the more I realized I still had to learn."
"It was very challenging physically. I was in decent shape, but I should have started working out much sooner. There is a lot of running, a lot of pushups, and a lot of running stairs while carrying 70+ lbs of gear on your back."
"I was surprised at the number of courses that were related to my field of study, including English courses, math courses, and literature. I am glad that these courses are required, as I feel they have made me more effective in my employment."
"I was surprised at the amount of documentation and reporting there was in the job. I expected done reports to be done, but not as much."
"I was surprised by the amount of hands on experience they were able to give us. I felt pretty prepared by the time we earned our certificates."