Fire Prevention Research Engineer

Study how fires start and spread to develop new ways to stop them.
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Salary Range
$46,000 – $114,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fire Prevention Research Engineers do?

Fire Prevention Research Engineers study the causes of fires, and develop strategies and technologies to prevent them from happening or at least limit the damage they cause. A Fire Prevention Research Engineer’s duties range from inspecting the burnt remains of a building ravaged by a fire all the way to designing the latest smoke detector and fire suppressant system. If you have an inquisitive mind and the creativity to stop problems before they even occur, and if you want to save some lives, then this could be the job for you.

Fires are wily, unpredictable things. As a Fire Prevention Research Engineer, you dedicate your life to studying this foe by attending expos, seminars, and other meetings with fire prevention experts. Keeping abreast of cutting-edge developments in science and technology is essential to success in this job. While you focus mainly on creating new devices to prevent fires from happening, or stop them when they occur, you may also be called upon to consult with police, fire, and other authorities on fire-related issues.

Education can be one of the best ways to prevent fires. Your in-depth knowledge of how fires start and how to stop them is invaluable to Architects, Building Inspectors, and even private homeowners. Expect to communicate with any number of people who need your unique expertise to help save lives and preserve property. You may work a standard 40-hour workweek, but after-hours meetings and work-related travel will be the norm.


Should I be a Fire Prevention Research Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineer, Fire Prevention Engineer, Loss-Prevention Research Engineer

    How to Become a
    Fire Prevention Research Engineer

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