Emergency Management Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

When major disasters strike U.S. communities, the Military becomes involved extensively with the emergency management process. The Military prepares for emergencies or natural disasters by developing detailed warning, control, and evacuation plans. Whether it is a natural disaster or man-made as a result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear incident, emergency management specialists are trained for response and recovery operations anywhere in the world. They prepare emergency plans, coordinate emergency response teams, and train other people to meet mission needs and to minimize casualties and damage in the event of any disaster situation, including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, or enemy attack.

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Work Environment

Emergency management specialists work indoors when conducting training sessions and preparing disaster plans. Sometimes they work outdoors while operating decontamination equipment and monitoring disaster training.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Emergency Management Specialists in the Military

2,529

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Salary

Average Salary

$58,419

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 50%
  • Post baccalaureate 13%
  • Some college 10%
  • Associate's degree 10%
  • High school 6%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for emergency management specialists consists of classroom and on-the job instruction, including practice in the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical detection and decontamination equipment. Training content varies depending on specialty and may include:

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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