A student practicing CPR.Emergency Services and the quality of care provided at the scene of an accident or disaster has seen tremendous change in the past several decades. Advancements in technologies and medicine have dramatically improved the quality of care available to critically ill or injured patients in the pre-hospital setting. As a result, there has been a corresponding need for increased improvement in education and training for emergency responders.

A background in emergency services will train you to respond to a natural disaster, public health threat, or other emergency situation. Know what to do, how to direct others, and how to establish systems to help an organization prepare and maintain business functions. Earn a two-year degree in the administration or technology disciplines, or a specialized diploma in the technology discipline. Either option provides education and training for those currently in the field, those who are responsible for business continuity, and volunteers who assist during emergency situations.

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Emergency management specialists develop disaster response plans, train other people in an organization in disaster and emergency preparedness, and coordinate with various emergency personnel (such as those at state, local, and municipal levels) to make sure emergency contingencies are covered. Many jobs of this type are in the public sector; the military, law enforcement, and state and local governments are major employers. But there are a variety of private-sector or nonprofit employers that require emergency management specialists because of a particularly sensitive line of work where emergencies are prone to happen or could be potentially devastating. Examples of these employers include hospitals, colleges and universities, and community relief organizations.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of emergency services personnel (EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, and other public sector emergency response personnel) is expected to grow by 33 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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