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Emergency Management and Planning Program

Required Courses

View required courses in our online catalog.

Campus Offered: Toledo
Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Credits Required: 61

This program prepares graduates to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of emergency managers and planners.

Persons who have or acquire a felony conviction or a conviction regarding drugs, weapons, domestic violence or moral turpitude will find employment in the emergency management and planning field extremely unlikely.

An emergency management degree qualifies graduates to work in many different sectors of the federal government, local and state governments, community services and public agencies, as well as private industry. Job titles vary, but include:

  • Disaster Recovery Manager
  • Emergency Management Program Specialist
  • Emergency Response Team Leader
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness Administrator
  • Hurricane Program Manager
  • Nuclear Emergency Planner
  • Safety Specialist

Because disasters and crises may occur at any time, emergency management employees must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their duties include preparedness, response and/or recovery from emergencies or disasters.

The stress level of these jobs can be high, because of dealing with dangerous situations. Emergency managers may also feel the pressure of coordinating as many as 30 or 40 groups that are involved in emergency preparedness and/or relief efforts, such as non-profit agencies (American Red Cross), health care and environmental control agencies, state and federal authorities, social services and transportation agencies.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The number of emergency management professionals has grown significantly since 2004 and will grow at a rate of better than 20 percent through 2018.
  • The median annual salary for specialists was $52,590 as of May 2009, with the middle 50 percent earning between $38,950 and $70,750.



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