Business Management

Emergency Management Specialist

Emergency management specialists plan and coordinate emergency responses to natural or man-made disasters or emergency situations.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Emergency Management Specialist do?

Emergency management specialists plan and coordinate emergency responses to natural or man-made disasters or emergency situations.


Work activities

As an emergency management professional, you might:

  • analyse potential risks
  • develop plans, processes and policies for responses to emergencies
  • coordinate emergency response or crisis management activities
  • develop and deliver emergency management training
  • continually review and update existing emergency management plans
  • perform tests and evaluations of emergency management plans
  • keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency 
  • liaise with local, state and federal government departments and other emergency management organisations and professionals
  • maintain the emergency action room
  • oversee the procurement and maintenance of emergency equipment
  • recruit, manage and train other emergency management staff, including wardens or volunteers
  • produce appropriate reports on emergencies as required by regulations and legislation.



Key skills and interests

To become an emergency management specialist, you would need:

  • high energy levels
  • adaptability, resilience and problem solving skills
  • decisiveness in decision making
  • attention to detail
  • to be able to manage multiple tasks
  • the ability to react calmly and operate effectively under pressure
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • to keep up-to-date with new technologies and procedures.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most emergency management specialists would work general office hours, Monday to Friday. In the case of emergency situations, you may be required to work, or to be on call for, long periods of time, including nights, weekends and public holidays. 


Emergency management specialists work in a broad range of organisations including government departments, emergency services, utility companies, large corporations such as mining and construction companies and international aid organisations. You would usually work in an office, but may need to visit sites to perform assessments, evaluations, and respond to emergencies. In the case of natural disasters, you may be required to work outdoors, in hazardous conditions and in all weathers. You may be required to travel, and be away from home for periods of time during emergency situations.


How to become an Emergency Management Specialist?

Entry Level Education

To become an emergency management specialist you usually have to complete a degree that covers subjects such as business continuity, security management or disaster management. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Alternatively, you might complete a bachelor's degree in any discipline, followed by relevant post-graduate courses in emergency management or emergency planning. 


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of emergency management professionals is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Job opportunities will continue to grow due both to the increase in natural disasters, and increased public recognition of the need to prepare for disasters and major incidents.




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