Emergency management specialists develop disaster response plans, train other people in an organization in disaster and emergency preparedness, and coordinate with various emergency personnel (such as those at state, local, and municipal levels) to make sure emergency contingencies are covered. Many jobs of this type are in the public sector; the military, law enforcement, and state and local governments are major employers. But there are a variety of private-sector or nonprofit employers that require emergency management specialists because of a particularly sensitive line of work where emergencies are prone to happen or could be potentially devastating. Examples of these employers include hospitals, colleges and universities, and community relief organizations.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of emergency services personnel (EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, and other public sector emergency response personnel) is expected to grow by 33 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.