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Career Resources for MS Emergency Management:

Salary and job outlook information

Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Emergency Management Directors (Emergency Management Systems Directors, Emergency Planners, Emergency Planning and Response Planners, Emergency Planning and Response Managers, Emergency Services Directors, Emergency Services Program Coordinators) $64,360 +6% (average)
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers $38,520 +7% (average)

 Resume tips or strategies

  • State if you have a security clearance or any veteran status.
  • List any training you have.
  • List any awards or medals.
  • List any certifications you have.

Management Job Interview Questions

  • Describe the abilities you have to work with us as an emergency management ____?
  • What are the knowledge elements you have gained from your education, training, and work experience that support your career?
  • How would you describe your emergency management work style?
  • Give me some examples of strategic thinking in past scenarios.
  • When was the last time you were in a crises?
  • Tell me about an emergency management program you have developed.
  • What are the techniques you use to clarify obscure message meanings?
  • Tell me about an important issue you have encountered recently.
  • Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
  • What have you done to improve your knowledge of emergency management in the past year?


Think of the following industries:

  • Private Companies
  • Federal/Local Government
  • The Red Cross
  • Emergency Administrators
  • HAZMAT companies
  • Local Emergency Response Centers
  • Fire Departments
  • Police Departments
  • Emergency Response Consulting firms
    • The best way to gain knowledge and be a competitive candidate is to learn: FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study Program offers almost 150 FREE online courses covering a wide range of topics (the Incident Command System, the National Response Framework, management of volunteers, effective communication, social media in disasters, civil rights and ethics in emergency management, hazard mitigation and preparedness, etc)…most people in the field have a lot of education and experience, learning as much as possible will make you more competitive.
    • Volunteer at the Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.
    • Participate in disaster drills and exercises at local fire houses or emergency operation centers, this will also give you a chance to network.
    • Join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or a local emergency planning committee.

LinkedIn Groups 

Disaster & Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Professionals

Emergency Management Chief (Fire/ EMS) Group

Emergency Managers Global Forum

Emergency Managers Weekly Report

Homeland Security Network

The International Emergency and Catastrophe Management Conference & Exhibition (IECM)

National EMS Management Association