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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online emergency management degree often work in law enforcement, fire service or other security/emergency management fields, and want to expertly manage critical incidents.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Corporation
  • Emergency communications/dispatch center
  • Emergency management agency — local, state, federal
  • Federal government agencies
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Bureau of Prisons
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
    • Federal Protective Service
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Office of Intelligence and Analysis
    • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
    • Pentagon Police Department
    • Preparedness Directorate
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • U.S. Department of the Army
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • U.S. Department of Justice
    • U.S. Department of the Navy
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • U.S. Marshal Service
    • U.S. Park Service Police
    • U.S. Secret Service
  • Fire service
  • Law enforcement and administration — city, county, state
  • Municipal court system and corrections
  • Prison
  • Private security firm
  • State government agencies
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Probation and Parole
    • Office of Emergency Management

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Crisis management consultant
  • Crisis management training director
  • Customs and border protection officer
  • Disaster response consultant
  • Emergency management agency director, assistant director, or planner
  • Emergency operations center director
  • Emergency preparedness specialist or coordinator
  • Financial management specialist
  • Fire department operations center manager
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire service officer, battalion chief or chief
  • Highway safety specialist
  • Homeland security coordinator or manager
  • Instructor
  • Intelligence operation specialist
  • Investigator
  • Law enforcement specialist
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Personnel security specialist
  • Planner
  • Police officer (all ranks)
  • Preparedness and incident management director
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Probation, parole, correctional administrator or commissioner
  • Security specialist
  • Specialist
  • Transportation security

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Public Service leadership report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities. The majority (70%) of graduates are employed in healthcare, non-profit, social/community services, P-12, or government/public sector settings.

Career growth potential 45% Promotional opportunities 41% Salary and benefits 41% Tasks and responsibilites 65%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Many of our Public Service Leadership master's degree alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

Advanced in career or profession 25% Successfully changed careers 14% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 6% Assumed a leadership role 24% Received a promotion 15% Received a salary increase 26% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 26% Received award 2% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 6% Conducted a research project 9% Served as a professional consultant 10%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.