Emergency Management Directors

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What do they do?

Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

Also known as:

Emergency Management Coordinator, Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director), Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Services Director, Emergency Services Program Coordinator, Public Safety Director

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Emergency Management Directors in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Emergency Management Directors is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 5.1%

    Percent Change

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  • 900

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Emergency Management Directors:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.9%)
  • Master's degree (20.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (39.4%)
  • Associate's degree (11.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (16.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (9.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.
  • Prepare reports related to compliance matters.
  • Develop emergency response plans or procedures.
  • Coordinate special events or programs.
  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.
  • Prepare proposals or grant applications to obtain project funding.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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