Emergency Management Specialist Careers

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Career Overview

Emergency management specialists are responsible to coordinate responses to both natural and manmade disasters during and before such events occur. Their responsibilities include providing disaster preparedness training, helping businesses and communities prepare emergency preparedness plans, and coordinating activities during disaster events. Disasters can include hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires, hazardous materials spills, blizzards, and others. Emergency management specialists can work for the federal government, state government, military, and private agencies like the Red Cross.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Emergency Management

Military experience in emergency management is very helpful. Employers are also looking for on-the-job experience in the emergency management industry. There are also associate’s degrees (2 year college degree programs) and certification programs available in emergency management.


No licensing requirements are currently in place for this career field.
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Top Schools for Emergency Management Specialists:

Walden University
University of Phoenix
DeVry Institute
Strayer University
Kaplan University

Career Trends

Average Salary for Emergency Management Specialists 2009: $52,590
Jobs in 2008 for emergency management specialists: 12,800
Projected jobs openings for emergency management specialists through 2018: 5,600

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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