Emergency management positions exist at all levels of government, in public health departments and health care agencies, in nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and in a broad range of fields from transportation and energy to business and education.
The Emergency Management Technology major prepares students for careers in the emergency management or other closely related field. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Four Phases of Emergency Management; National Incident Management System (NIMS); governmental roles and levels of responsibility; evolution of emergency management from colonial America to present; an understanding of man-made, natural, and technological hazards as they pertain to community vulnerability; current and emerging technological trends in emergency management; and the requisite skills of an effective emergency manager.
Understanding the multidisciplinary nature of this field and the need for emergency managers to engage their partners across all levels of government and the community is a foundational characteristic of this degree program that will shape students careers. In this major, students will complete a general core of math, science, humanities, computer science, and communications courses. This liberal arts core reflect an appreciation that strong written and oral communication skills are critical to emergency management practitioners. In addition, students will gain valuable hands-on experience through an internship which recognizes that exposing students to practical experience is equally as important as instruction and theoretical knowledge in this field.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
This major is also available online.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Graduates of this major may find employment in many areas directly and indirectly related to emergency management, such as emergency management coordinators and specialists; emergency planners; disaster planning specialists; public health preparedness coordinators and specialists; emergency medical technicians and paramedics; and police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for emergency management directors was $74,420 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $141,130.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||4,920||$35.70||$74,260|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||1,350||$31.72||$65,990|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||780||$43.48||$90,440|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||340||$46.22||$96,140|
|Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services||230||$39.98||$83,170|
Statistics reported in May 2018
This major requires that all major courses must be passed with a C or better.
Internal and external transfers may carry parallel major courses into the baccalaureate when the grades are 'C' or better. Transcripts should be submitted with the application for admission and will be evaluated by Registrar staff and by academic school staff. By its nature, prior work experience in emergency services, military, and other appropriate work backgrounds will be evaluated for transfer evaluation and placement in the major. The academic school dean and full-time faculty will evaluate credit for life experience for course work from applicants with non-credit training or work experience. Credits awarded for work/life experience will be posted to the applicant’s College transcript after successful completion of at least 12 credits at the College.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Emergency Management Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. Thomas J Arminio, USN (Ret.), School of Public Affairs, Homeland Security Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
- Mr. Benton J Best, County Emergency Management Coordinator, Tioga County Emergency Management Agency
- Ms. Roseann B Cordelli, MPA, Communications Program Manager, Tetra Tech EMI
- Mr. John W Magyar II, CEM; MCAS; CHS-V, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Technician, Range Resources-Appalachia LLC
- Mr. Chris E Miller, Chief of Police, Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Mr. Anthony N Subbio, CEM, PMP, MS, Emergency Management Specialist, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.