Career Paths in Emergency Management

Where can a graduate degree in emergency management lead?

As much as we’d all like to live in a world where crises are few and far between, the reality is that emergencies happen on a regular basis. The uncertainties of today’s society dictate a need for experienced, qualified emergency management professionals – and perhaps that’s where you come in.

The emergency management field offers a wealth of opportunities for those who want a challenging career where they play an important role in keeping others safe. With an Emergency Management graduate degree, you can seek a career as an emergency management director, intelligence officer, disaster services coordinator or other role.

What’s more, many Emergency Management training programs offer specializations that allow you to study specific topics relevant to your career interests. If you’re considering a career in the emergency management field, here are three career paths you can follow:

Environmental Emergency Management

Many of today’s business operations have the potential to take a toll on the environment. By studying some of these hazards in an environmental emergency management program, you can help prevent them as well as respond to emergencies when they arise. Whether such emergencies occur due to transportation accidents, faulty manufacturing or other causes, you can be prepared to step in and minimize the damage.

Health Emergency Management

If you remember recent avian flu or SARS outbreaks, you understand the hazards infectious diseases can create. Studying health emergency management can give you the skills you need to respond to emerging infections, bioterrorism and more. You can also learn to provide specialized services and support to those who need it most, such as children, the elderly, expectant mothers and more.

Homeland Security

If you want to help keep the public safe from a wide range of outside threats, studying homeland security is a great way to achieve your goals. Programs in this field typically cover past events as well as emerging threats against our personal and national safety. You’ll also explore the efforts of governments at every level to secure our homeland.


No matter which path you choose, you can prepare to work on the front lines to keep others out of harm’s way. Whether you’re already working in the field or want to prepare for your next career, degree programs like the M.S. in Emergency Management from Adelphi’s University College are a great way to get started.

Graduate Student Profile

Tanya Fischer, Emergency Management Major

“I decided to apply, and after an initial meeting at an open house, I couldn’t wait to start.”

 
 
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