DEMAND & SUPPLY OF FIRE & SAFETY PROFESSIONALS
As of now the requirement for these professionals easily outnumbers the availability. If you are looking for a qualification that gives you a passport to immediate employment, your obvious choice would be Fire & Safety. Whether you should go for a certificate/diploma/degree would, however, depend on your present qualification and the ability to invest effort. The worldwide growth in industry is a phenomenon that couldn't have been the same without India contributing to it in a visibly significant manner. While the industries in all three sectors Public, Private, and Joint require Fire & Safety personnel in increasing numbers there are very few institutions which are suitably equipped and properly geared to train and supply quality professionals. That explains the gap between supply and demand, and the resultant advantage to a well groomed professional.
The Process Industries involving metals, chemicals, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, oil and natural gas etc. attach great importance to health and safety because life, fearless working, and the resultant productivity is paramount to the organizational success. Likewise they would take no risks of life and property with slipshod arrangements for fire prevention and control. The conditions, in this regard, are not much different as we move from the Process Industry to Large Construction Projects, Communication, and Service Sector. Everywhere there's a strong need to make sufficient provisions for safety right from the design stage down to the erection and commissioning and ultimately (in fact continually) during the on going work process.
Safety being a pre-requisite for the entire gamut of activities carried out during the initial phases of a new project, the companies hire a huge number of properly qualified and practically trained hands at the levels of execution, supervision, higher management and even in design. Even in the organizations where the management thinking is stagnant at a conservative level of yester years, the HR has no option but to recruit and position these Fire & Safety personnel in order to comply with the statutory provisions under the law. Once these personnel gain entry to the organization, their contribution speaks for itself and soon the management starts noticing the difference they made. Their professional worth gains practical legitimacy and the snowballing commences. What started as a modest cell of two or three soon expands to a full fledged functional department having visibility across the organization. In the progressive organizations today, no progress review meeting or problem solving forum can make meaningful transactions without the presence of a Fire & Safety representative. But this is so only as long as the professional is worthy of his qualifications having learnt his subject thoroughly and having acquired the related skills first hand. And that is why you have got to be careful, discerning and choosy in selecting the institute offering such a professional course.