Careers in Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science Degree in
Emergency and Disaster Management

Disasters have occurred since biblical times and, in one form or another, have impacted or otherwise affected almost virtually every region on earth. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, forest fires, acts of terrorism, tornadoes, ice storms--have you ever wondered who develops the plans for minimizing the effects of these and other types of disasters, and who coordinates the overall community response in their aftermath? WCU is one of less than one dozen four-year institutions nation-wide to offer a degree in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management.

Who employs Emergency and Disaster Management majors?
  • Federal government (Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Department of Health (DH); Department of Justice (DOJ)).
  • Each state government has a division or office of emergency preparedness/ management.
  • In the U.S., there are more than 15,000 political sub-divisions (counties, cities, towns), with each employing at least one individual who is responsible for emergency management.
  • Numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the American and International Red Cross, Salvation Army, CARE, and others.
  • In the aftermath of 9/11, virtually every large corporation has, and will continue to focus on emergency preparedness/management/continuity of operations.
Good skills or traits for Emergency and Disaster Management majors:
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a crisis.
  • Strong organizational and planning ability.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Problem-solving ability.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • Internship (course requirement).
  • Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation through the International Association of Emergency Managers.
  • Additional courses in geology, government, chemistry, geographic information systems, psychology, management and business are helpful.
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