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Emergency Management Officers

Intelligence, Combat and Readiness

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Emergency management officers usually work in offices while developing disaster response plans. They work outdoors while inspecting shelters or directing emergency response teams.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $23,673 - $502,205


Emergency management officers evaluate potential and actual disasters, ensuring adequacy of warning systems, shelters, and disaster preparedness plans. Emergency management officers prepare and administer measures to cope with chemical, nuclear weapon, reactor, and radiological accidents and incidents.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for emergency management officers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Disaster planning
  • Procedures for nuclear biological and chemical decontamination
  • Effects of radiation
  • Procedures for nuclear accident teams

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Interest in developing detailed plans

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