Emergency management directors held about 10,500 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most emergency management directors were as follows:
Local government, excluding education and hospitals
State government, excluding education and hospitals
Hospitals; state, local, and private
Professional, scientific, and technical services
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private
Although most emergency management directors work in an office, they typically travel to meet with various government agencies, community groups, and private companies.
Many directors work in stressful situations during disasters and emergencies.
Most emergency management directors work full time. In addition, most are on call at all times and may need to work overtime to respond to emergencies and to support emergency management operations. Others may work evenings and weekends to meet with various community groups in preparing their emergency response plans.