Due to the rapidly changing demands in emergency management and related administrative duties, academic degrees are being sought by emergency managers, both in the public and private sectors. The surrounding social, economic, political, bureaucratic and business contexts within emergency management are becoming more complicated requiring a more sophisticated engagement and expanded knowledge base for the professionalization of the field.
Multiple changing industries as well as county, state, and federal levels of government have also found an increased demand for emergency managers and have adapted their respective programs to accommodate the developing role of emergency management.
Given the current interest and changing landscape in emergency management training, much effort regionally and nationally, has been focused upon higher education programs. Idaho State University’s Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Management place emphasis upon the needs of first responder professionals at the city, county, state, and national levels.