Be the one keeping communities safe by planning, preparing and responding to disasters and emergencies.
Emergency Management is a dynamic and growing field. As the number and severity of emergencies and disasters grow, so too does the need for professionals with the knowledge and applied skills to help keep communities safe.
Emergency managers play a key role in helping communities and organizations plan, prepare and respond to critical incidents of all sizes. They work in many fields, helping businesses, cities, rural and Indigenous communities, or serve with an international organization like the United Nations or Red Cross.
They are called by many names and serve diverse roles: business continuity manager, emergency preparedness manager, emergency response coordinator, disaster management specialist, resiliency officer. While each job has its own specialty, they serve a similar purpose: keep their community or organization safe in the event of an emergency. Their expertise is in great demand at the local, national and international levels.
The career prospects in the emergency management field are fairly strong in this growing field. Job opportunities will be steady as many current professionals will be approaching retirement and the sector itself will grow over the next decade. Career opportunities are available in local, national and international markets. Applicants willing to relocate to pursue opportunities will have the most opportunities.
Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
Ability to develop positive relationships with diverse stakeholders
Ability to work under minimal supervision in stressful situations
Strong computer, office and project management skills
Knowledge of emergency management, usually gained through formal education and training
Relevant experience in a related emergency management activity, such as volunteering with community Emergency Support Services or a local Search and Rescue team
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