Career Field: Emergency Management

Sample Employers

Private Sector

U.S. Government Agencies

Local Government

Each state will have offices dedicated to emergency management, homeland security, or public safety. Search your states website for locations, and use their career portal to identify the types of education and training required for positions in that state.

Example State Department Titles:

  • Department of Public Safety
  • Division of Emergency Management and Security
  • Office of Emergency Services
  • Office of Trauma, Terrorism, and Disaster Management
  • Terrorism Preparedness

International Humanitarian Organizations

International Coordinating Associations

Membership Organizations & Professional Resources

Industry Associations



Additional Professional Resources

Overview: Emergency Management

Employees within the field of emergency management prepare for and manage emergency situations through plans to diminish the impact of disasters. Positions can range from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to local municipalities or counties. Such workers can focus on natural disasters (such as wildfires or flooding), acts of terrorism, industrial accidents, or public disorder.

Position Examples

Emergency Management Coordinator: Plan for emergency responses, coordinates services when an emergency occurs, and facilitates ongoing cross-sectoral relationships to ensure readiness. 

Risk Management Analyst: Monitor thousands of sources to provide real-time intelligence on natural disasters, fires, terrorist incidents, civil unrest, transportation disruptions, and other incidents which have the potential to impact domestic business continuity, corporate security, travel management, logistics, or government operations.

Emergency Medical Services Coordinator: Ensure that hospitals satisfy designation criteria and preparation of mobile intensive care nurses. Acts as a liaison between emergency management organizations and hospitals and medical teams.

Emergency Preparedness Training and Exercise Coordinator: Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines related to preparedness training and exercises; conducts research, plans, develops, implements, and evaluates preparedness-related trainings and exercises for agency staff and volunteers.