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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose on online emergency management degree often pursue high-level positions in higher education, a research or consulting organization, a public policy group or government agency.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Law enforcement organization – local, state, federal
  • Private security firm
  • Federal government agency
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • Preparedness directorate
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Emergency medical service
  • Emergency communications agency
  • Fire service
  • Business continuity department for private business such as railroads, hospitals and Fortune 500 companies
  • Federal or state emergency management agency

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Full-time faculty
  • Disaster response consultant
  • Crisis management consultant
  • Risk management consultant
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency operations center director
  • Preparedness and incident management director
  • Homeland security coordinator/ manager
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Crisis management training director
  • Emergency management planner
  • Continuity of operations planner
  • Disaster and emergency service director
  • Mitigation planner/specialist
  • HSEEP training officer
  • Director of emergency operations

*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.

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

Doctoral Public Service Leadership Degree Program Graduates

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

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career 57%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 64%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 43%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Made a significant contribution to my profession 57%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 64%Assumed leadership responsibilities 71%Received a salary increase 71%Received a promotion 64%

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.