Fire Science Technology —
- How long does the program take?
- Volunteer State Community College offers two options, a professional certificate and an Associate’s of Applied Science degree. The certificate involves 23 course hours and can be completed in two semesters. The degree option involves 60 course hours and will take two years.
- Do I need math?
- A math course is not required but some required courses, including water supply and hydraulics and fire combustion, require math skills.
- How much to Fire Science Technologists earn?
- Pay varies with experience and setting. The salary for Fire Fighter I, an entry-level position, is between $38,000 and $49,400 a year in Nashville. A Fire Fighter II makes between $42,100 and $54,700 a year. Arson investigators earn more, and many jurisdictions require fire fighters to be cross-trained as paramedics, which means higher salaries. Smaller towns and counties typically pay less than cities. Franklin, for example, starts fire fighters at $34,400 a year.
- Is admission automatic if I am interested?
- No. Admission is competitive. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA in core courses and pass a criminal background check. The application deadline is March 15 each year.
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