With the effects of 9/11 still impacting both the public and private sectors, the spending on emergency management and need for field specialists has become increasingly important. A U.S. News & World Report article calls the role of emergency management specialist one of the 50 best jobs of 2011 and anticipates an increased need for this type of specialist over the next decade. Further, the article also states that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in the emergency management field to grow by 2,800, or 22%, between 2008 and 2018.*

Walden’s M.S. in Emergency Management program can help prepare you for a broad range of leadership positions within government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as other public and private sectors of society, including health, public works, transportation, and community services.

Potential career options in emergency management include:

  • Public safety
  • Emergency response
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Fire services
  • Law enforcement
  • Community emergency response
  • First response teams

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*U.S. News & World Report, “Best Jobs 2011,” on the Internet at http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-jobs-2011-emergency-management-specialist (viewed online Sept. 8, 2011). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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