Disaster and Emergency Management

Do you want to pursue a career helping prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters taking an all hazards approach to identifying threats, natural and human made, including terrorism and cyber attacks, vulnerabilities and risks as they relate to the environment, public health, humanitarian law, critical infrastructure and business continuity? You will study theoretical concepts through the examination of disasters and emergency situations, learning of the importance and complexities of crisis management, interconnectedness, and to identify, assess, and manage risks and strategies to enhance resiliency in order to mitigate the social and economic consequences of disaster. One of only two such programs in Canada, this program takes an interdisciplinary approach and will appeal to those currently working in the field looking to assume positions of increasing responsibility as well as those aspiring to become disaster and emergency management professionals in the public or private sector.

Career Options in Disaster and Emergency Management

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Disaster and Emergency Management degree than others.

  • Anti-terrorism Emergency Manager
  • Business Continuity Planner
  • Business Risk Manager
  • Campus Emergency Manager
  • Crisis Communication Specialist
  • Disaster Recovery Coordinator
  • Disaster Risk Specialist
  • Emergency Management Policy Advisor
  • Emergency Public Health Manager
  • Emergency Social Services Manager
  • Emergency Telecommunications Manager
  • Environmental Emergencies Specialist
  • Event Safety and Emergency Manager
  • Hospital Emergency Manager
  • Humanitarian Assistance Professional
  • Industrial Emergency Manager
  • International Aid Director
  • International Development
  • Worker
  • NGO Disaster Relief Coordinator
  • Oil and Gas Emergency Manager
  • Professor
  • Project Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Public Safety Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Safety Analyst
  • Social Program Director
  • Teacher
  • Trauma Centre Supervisor

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.