Career Outlook

With evolving complexities such as global population growth, increasing urbanization, and the rising demand for resources, today’s emergency managers must possess a greater level of preparation and knowledge to meet the needs of a changing landscape.

Climate change, extreme weather, and rising sea levels are likely to exacerbate resource scarcities and threaten U.S. industrial infrastructure, while greater access to technology and rapidly growing economies in the developing world pose potential threats from terrorist organizations. And these are just some of the issues that will test the readiness and resiliency of emergency and disaster management professionals. As a result, the emergency management field is in need of practitioners who are able to tackle these 21st century challenges with confidence.

Our program’s blend of focused coursework and hands-on practice prepares you to manage teams and make decisions in the face of uncertainty. You’ll leave the program with the leadership competencies and strategic mindset that position you for success in this high-intensity field.

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    Students benefit from the unique exposure that comes from Georgetown's location in the nation's capital, providing them with access to federal leaders, international practitioners, and policymakers. The faculty brings to the program their deep and diverse sets of academic and real-world experience.”

    Jeffrey Stern, Faculty Master's in Emergency & Disaster Management

Average salary of emergency management directors $67,330 BudgetingProject managementSchedulingEmergency servicesSupervisory skillsStaff managementContract managementDisaster recovery planningChange managementEmergency preparednessProcess improvement Top in-demand skills for emergency management directors: Where do people in this field work? Local government, excluding education and hospitals 52% State government, excluding education and hospitals 12% State, local, and private hospitals 9% Professional, scientific, and technical services 6% State, local, and private colleges, universities, and professional schools 4%

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Burning Glass Labor/Insight