FSO provides fire science students and professionals with information about every nuance of an education in fire science. We strive to be as effective in this goal as possible, and realize that our service can only be as good as our source data. As such, we only use tried-and-true data from some of the most trusted, government-backed sources available.
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Fire Science Online generally uses four primary sources of data, which are:
However, for this list we also used data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS is a federal agency tasked with gathering and analyzing a massive amount of a data about the economic state of the country. Their data, which is broken down by career type and region, is the most current source of salary information for today’s firefighters.
Identifying the fire science programs that offered students the highest return on their investment was a two-step process. First, average annual salaries, organized by state, were pulled for all applicable BLS occupation designations. These figures were averaged again to produce a single average annual salary for each state.
Then, using the salary information from BLS, we crafted our list using these criteria: