Demand high for fire protection engineers
Despite downturn in global economy, many employers are finding it difficult to recruit qualified fire protection engineers.
One profession has been left
virtually unscathed by the current economic slowdown: fire protection
Using science and
technology, fire protection engineers analyze how buildings are used, how fires
start, how fire grows, and how fire and smoke affect people, buildings, and
property. They apply their considerable skills with the aim of protecting
people, property, businesses, and the environment from the ravaging effects of
For the past decade, the
demand for fire protection engineers has outpaced the number of people
qualified to fill the positions. Even with an average starting salary of
$55,000 and an industry-wide mean of $98,000, knowledgeable fire protection
engineers are hard to come by.
A recent survey by the
Bethesda, Md.-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) of the largest employers of fire protection engineers
found that although the current economic downturn has influenced employer's
decisions to hire additional engineers, the majority of employers who have
tried to hire a qualified fire protection engineer over the past year have
experienced difficulties. The majority of these same employers forecast
continuing recruitment problems in the next 12 months and beyond.
Sixty-eight percent of respondents
cited that they had difficulty finding candidates because there were not enough
applicants in their geographic area.