Because Georgia is comprised of such diverse urban and suburban landscapes throughout the state, it needs well-trained firefighters, investigators, and emergency medical technicians to help prevent and fight blazes, and treat any injuries as a result of any fires. The state is home to almost 500 fire stations, and a good majority of the staff from these stations graduated from a college in Georgia before beginning their careers.

Refer to the guide below to examine the different annual salaries of firefighters, fire inspectors and investigators, and forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists that are employed in the state of Georgia.

Georgia Fire Service Careers 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Firefighters $21,420 $33,400 $52,670
Fire Inspectors and Investigators $33,220 $45,650 $67,810
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists $31,110 $33,890 $41,630


Firefighter hopefuls in Georgia must meet basic requirements in order to become a firefighter. In addition to having a GED, a clean driving record, no criminal record, and being physically fit, aspirants must also pass educational and physical tests. One way to start is by earning a fire science certificate or degree. Students in these beginner degree (certificate or associate) programs will be exposed to the basics of fire science, including fire behavior, basics of firefighting equipment, and methods on how to suppress and put out fires.

Those who already have a certificate or associate degree but want to further their careers by pursuing higher education can earn a bachelor or master’s degree from a four-year university that offers a fire science degree program. Some subjects that students can choose to specialize in or learn more about in the field include:

  • Fire science management

The more education & experience a firefighter in Georgia has, the better the chances of employment and promotion(s) are within the firefighting field.


Browse through the accredited institutions in Georgia that offer a fire science degree and certifications in fire-related fields listed below.


Certifications in fire science are available for students to earn online prior to becoming a firefighter. Distance learning programs serve as great options for students who require the flexibility in schedule and the ability to work from virtually anywhere with reliable Internet connection. Students who study online may be working professionals looking to build new skills or brush up on existing knowledge. Georgia also offers plenty of hybrid programs through its technical colleges, allowing students to learn a majority of book-material online, and complete certain hands-on projects and tasks in-person, in a local classroom setting.

Unlike many other states in the U.S., Georgia also offers online degree programs that can be completed entirely online. This is rare because of the nature of firefighting — it is often learned best with hands-on learning experience. However, students can earn their degree online by taking classes taught by real instructors who provide top-quality instruction, on-par with a traditional classroom environment. It is highly recommended that students, if not already working, volunteer or intern for a local fire department to gain hands-on experience in the field concurrent to completing their coursework online.