More schools offer degrees in disaster management

More schools offer degrees in disaster management
More schools offer degrees in disaster management

Faced with the need for people trained to deal with crises, a growing number of colleges and universities are offering courses in emergency management and disaster response, reports the New York Times.

These programs cover a wide variety of topics, including subjects such as disaster mental health and hazard policy. Schools offer an array of degrees as well, ranging from associate's degrees all the way up to doctorates.

"This generation has never known a time without terrorism or disaster, and I think it has drawn many of them to this field," Karla Vermeulen, the deputy director of a disaster mental health program at a New York-based university, told the news source. "They were 10 at the time of 9/11 and 14 during Katrina, and it's really shaped them."

Students are trained to respond to everything from earthquakes and tsunamis to oil spills and floods. Following their graduation, they go on to take jobs with nonprofit organizations, governmental emergency management agencies, corporations, schools and hospitals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, emergency management specialists earn an average annual salary of $56,590, with the top 10 percent earning more than $90,340.

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