With the increase in forest fires, firefighters are more in demand than ever. While there is an excellent training program in place, the best firefighters also have some training in fire science, especially if they plan to advance in their careers. Fire science also helps in other areas as well, although it is mostly used for forensics and fire prevention.

A fire science degree is offered at most colleges near state parks, ensuring that the students have access to actual fieldwork and examples of what fire can do as well as opportunities to try new techniques. For those pursuing a degree in fire sciences, students are advised to follow up with advanced chemistry and physics classes, as well as some extra coursework in management and law, with some additional medical training if possible. The major can lead to challenging as well as rewarding work, making it well worth the time spent.