Limited vacancies for emergency management officers
Opportunities for emergency management officers are average because:
- people tend to stay in the role for a long time, limiting vacancies
- the occupation is relatively small, and the number of people in the job is steady.
According to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 452 emergency management officers work in New Zealand.
Chances of finding work are best in the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Civil defence experience an advantage
Your chances of securing an entry-level emergency management officer job are best if you have good relationship building and management skills, and relevant work experience such as civil defence volunteering.
Roles expected to increase for emergency management officers
Opportunities for emergency management officers are expected to increase due to recent government plans to prepare the public for the negative effects of climate change, health epidemics and natural disasters.
Experienced emergency management officers will also be needed to train and manage volunteers.
Types of employers varied
Emergency management officers may work for:
- local and regional councils
- government departments and non-governmental agencies
- emergency services such as Fire and Emergency New Zealand
- power, transport and telecommunication companies
- large private companies.
Emergency management officers may also be self-employed.