The fire sprinkler industry provides many opportunities for advancement. With experience you can become a crew foreman, in charge of the job onsite. Being a foreman requires leadership and the ability to understand and manage all aspects of the job. Another area for advancement is system layout.
Every fire sprinkler system is unique and has to be designed to meet the specific needs of the building. As a systems layout technician you will learn the principles of fire sprinkler systems and how to design them.
You could also enter project management where in addition to the technical aspects of fire sprinklers, you will also learn the business side. Project management is a great way to prepare to own and run your own company.