Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Management

Students develop emergency management concentrations to understand the wide range of issues arising from disasters, acts of terrorism and other emergencies.

A concentration in emergency management is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to perform professionally in the role of an emergency services organization or as agency manager and learner.

This interdisciplinary bachelor's concentration aims to develop a broad and deep knowledge of your chosen field by considering:

  • the causes and consequences of emergency situations
  • management issues relating to planning, response, and recovery
  • community and public health impacts
  • the political, social, historical, cultural, and scientific aspects of emergencies

Students who earn a bachelor's degree with an emergency management concentration will be well-rounded individuals who will have the knowledge to become the future leaders of emergency management.

For more information, see the emergency management, fire service administration and homeland security page.

Simply put, emergency management is dealing with risk and avoidance. 

Emergency managers plan and prepare for disasters, coordinate emergency resources and provide operational support across all public safety disciplines. 

The short and easy answer is no. 

The Emergency Management Residency is for students who are looking for a career in public service as well as those who are already in the field and are looking to further their education.

At the Emergency Management Residency, most of the faculty are practitioners who come from a variety of organizations.

Some of the organizations our faculty work in include:

  • the NYPD
  • NYC OEM
  • FDNY
  • NYC Transit.

Some of the types of jobs include:

  • Emergency Manager
  • Public Safety Administrator
  • Disaster Planner
  • Public Health Official
  • Logistics Manager
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Healthcare Emergency Manager
  • Business Continuity Planner.

Consider these emergency management career statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Job openings at disaster relief organizations and other nonprofit organization are expected to increase by 22% by 2018.
  • Emergency management job growth at fire departments is expected to reach 19%.
  • Police departments are expected to hire 10% more emergency managers.

For more information about careers in emergency management, visit:

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