Careers in Emergency Management

Pursue an exciting career in Emergency Management

Recent events including the H1N1 pandemic, 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, illustrate the serious economic and health impacts emergencies can have on our lives. Many of these events are partially or totally preventable through good planning and response.

To meet the increasing demand for professional education in this field, York University has developed three innovative programs in disaster and emergency management—a new Bachelor of Disaster & Emergency Management, a certificate program in Emergency Management and a Master of Arts in Disaster & Emergency Management. These programs are only a few of their kind in Canada.

Emergency Management is an exciting, rapidly expanding and evolving profession, both domestically and internationally. Increasingly, emergency managers are called upon to understand shifting social, economic, environmental and infrastructure systems. Emergency managers require strong analytic and communication skills to help them establish meaningful dialogue with community representatives and experts in a wide range of fields. As a graduate of our programs, you will be able to synthesize large amounts of complex information and make sound decisions in challenging, and often difficult, circumstances.

Careers in Emergency Management

York University's Diaster and Emergency Management programs present many opportunities for exciting and rewarding careers in Canada, the United States and overseas. There is an increasing demand for disaster and emergency managers, coordinators, consultants and business continuity experts with formal education in this area.

Prepare for a rewarding career as a(n):

  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Emergency Management Consultant
  • Business Continuity Planning Professional
  • Disaster Recovery Coordinator
  • Disaster Risk Specialist
  • Community Coordinator
  • Humanitarian Assistance Professional

In Canada, employment opportunities exist within the public and private sector. A few examples of federal and provincial instutions include: Public Safety Canada, Emergency Management Ontario, Provincial Emergency Program in British Columbia and local municipalities. Business Continuity Planning is a new area in which new positions are being created in a number of agencies, organizations and institutions in order to prepare for unforseen disruptions. Universities and colleges currently offering a variety of programs in disaster and emergency management will soon have a demand for teaching faculty and research positions. NGOs such as Red Cross, Oxfam, UNICEF and CARE Canada are some of the internationally recognized institutions in need of experts as well.

United Nations agencies actively engaged in the area of disasters and emergencies include: