Emergency Management Degrees
The emergency management field has experienced significant growth as a result of responses to disasters, both natural and man-made, that have revealed many gaps in security at all levels. Given the current interest and changing landscape in emergency management training, much effort regionally and nationally, has been focused on higher education programs.
Idaho State University's Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Emergency Management answer the professional development needs of first responders at the city, county, state, and national levels contributing to the safety and well-being of our communities.
Job OpportunitiesThe Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment to grow by 2,800, or 22 percent, between 2008 and 2018.
An Idaho Department of Labor analysis indicates, "The demand for emergency services workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014."
The Emergency Management magazine recently named their top five trends for EM and public safety officials in 2014 with education being among the top five. "Incorporating more individuals with an education background in emergency management to work hand-in-hand with those that have more field experience to bring all options to the table."
More and more, the emergency management and public safety fields are asking for individuals with more education. There is an ongoing debate about education versus experience but both are important in an increasingly complicated world. As emergency management grows as a profession, the knowledge of emergency managers will have to be deeper. It is no longer a profession to "fall into".
See more at: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/5-Trends-Emergency-Management-2014.html
Associate of Science
Bachelor of Science
Director, Institute of Emergency Management
Idaho State University-Meridian
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