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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 agency, a public policy group or other criminal justice-related organizations.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Correctional facility or prison
  • Emergency communications agency
  • Emergency medical service
  • Federal government agency
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Bureau of Prisons
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Office of Intelligence and Analysis
    • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
    • Pentagon Police Department
    • Preparedness Directorate
    • Railroad Retirement Board
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • 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 Interior
    • U.S. Department of Justice
    • U.S. Park Police
    • U.S. Secret Service
  • Federal or state emergency management agency
  • Fire service
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Law enforcement and administration — city, county, state
  • Law enforcement organization — local, state, federal
  • Municipal court system and corrections, parole, and probation
  • Private security firm
  • State government agencies
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Probation and Parole
    • Office of Emergency Management

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Crime scene investigation unit manager
  • Crisis management consultant
  • Crisis management training director
  • Customs and border protection officer
  • Disaster response consultant
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency management planner
  • Emergency operations center director
  • Fire chief or marshal
  • Fire department operations center manager
  • Full-time faculty
  • Highway safety specialist
  • Homeland security coordinator/ manager
  • Intelligence operations specialist
  • Investigator Logistics coordinator
  • Law enforcement specialist
  • Personnel security specialist Police officer (all ranks)
  • Preparedness and incident management director
  • Prison warden
  • Private investigator
  • Probation, parole, and correctional administrator or commissioner
  • Public safety trainer Security specialist
  • Risk management consultant

*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.

Doctoral degree graduates

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

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities 48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

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.

Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award 6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

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.