Recommended Degrees for Employment Post-Retrement
I'm a career firefighter/paramedic in a fairly large department, currently five years OTJ. I would like to ultimately live further South, perhaps in Charleston SC, or Savannah, GA. Coastal Texas wouldn't be out of the question, either. We have a 25/55 retirement, or an early 20 year retirement. We also have a three year DROP. I'll be 23 years in at 55 years of age, and eligible for normal retirement. When the time comes, I'll decide between leaving at 20, 23, or 23 + the DROP.
I want to be employable, with a high salary, if and when I leave. The DROP is irrelevant if I leave for a position that pays in the same ballpark as the DROP benefit. I'm currently completing an AAS in EMS (paramedic degree) to max out on promotional points for the next Lieutenant's exam. What should I do for my next degree or two? I'd be fine with working as an officer or Chief for either an EMS, fire, or fire/EMS department. I wouldn't mind working in admin at a hospital or hospital based EMS organization. Federal or state Emergency Management is also a consideration. Also, what degrees make for a desirable Chief candidate in the fire service? I don't want Fire Science, since it's useless outside of a fire department.