When a disaster occurs trained individuals respond to the situation and help to prevent as much property damage and loss of life as possible. Emergency management specialists work behind the scenes prior to the occurrence of natural disasters accidental disasters and disasters caused on purpose by terrorists in order to develop plans on how to deal with different types of potential situations. They develop plans they educate the public on how to handle different scenarios and they train others on how to coordinate with each other in the event of an emergency. After September 11 2001 the need for emergency management specialists became more apparent and the profession grew rapidly. Today emergency management organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) have caused an expansion in the professional opportunities for emergency management specialists. As a result the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this professional field will continue to grow by more than 20 percent each year for many years into the future. There will always be a need for emergency management specialists due to the fact that floods earthquakes tornadoes and tsunamis will always occur in nature. Likewise the risk of man-made disasters – such as terrorist attacks – will continue to be a threat to society which therefore reinforces the need for professionals in this industry. The minimum educational requirement to be employed as an emergency management specialist is typically an associate’s degree. However some employers may require a bachelor’s degree or education in a particular field. According to the website money.usnews.com the median annual salary for emergency management specialists is approximately $53000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Develops disaster response plans.
Trains others how to prepare for emergencies.
Designs emergency plans and procedures.
Stays up-to-date on emergency plan regulations.
|Also Called:||Disaster Response Specialist
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Emergency Response Specialist
Disaster Assistance Specialist