EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS
A Master’s in Public Administration is a great choice for someone currently working in emergency management. Emergency management positions are typically part of federal, state, or local government. The MPA lines up perfectly with each of these levels as the accounting, leadership, and managerial training the MPA provides is from the public service perspective and highly desired for high level positions within each. The MPA can help emergency management professionals leverage their experience to be promoted within their current organizations or branch out to other levels or even other types of public service. Many emergency management professional can find themselves in a position to be viable candidates for local government jobs like city manager once they have an MPA to add to their credentials.
PUBLIC SERVICE PROFESSIONALS
The Masters of Public Administration is also a great choice for those working in public service professions who want to transition into emergency management opportunities. The MPA can allow someone who already has a public service career to leverage their experience to become viable candidates for emergency management positions. An MPA specialized in Emergency Management would be the ideal to make the transition between public service fields smooth. An MPA-EM provides general training to help any public service professional excel, and the emergency management concentration will provide graduate level emergency management training to prepare a candidate for success and enhance their marketability.
PRIVATE SECTOR TRANSITIONS
Some people working the private sector know they want to move towards emergency management in their career, but aren’t sure how to reach their end goals. One path to pursue could be a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management . In these programs, students can gain EM experience outside of their regular work hours. Many emergency management organizations are happy to have volunteers get involved at the local level. These opportunities can help add experience to a candidate’s resume while they pursue an MPA-EM, and they can also maintaining their private sector positions. This undertaking may be challenging, but the possibility of transitioning from behind the desk to the frontlines of emergency management makes it all worth it.