Emergency and Public Service

This concentration includes courses on education and workplace training, organizational design and engagement, how to cultivate organizational culture, talent development, interpersonal communication in the workplace, how to lead a remote workforce, and the option to receive Credit for Prior Learning up to 36 credit hours.

Occupational Highlight: Firefighter

What do they do? Firefighters, according to BLS.gov, Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environment is at risk.


  • Responding to and fighting fires
  • Delivering emergency medical care
  • Conducting property inspections
  • Taking part in ongoing training and participating in outreach events within the community

 Skills Necessary

Firefighters typically need a high school diploma and training in emergency medical services. Most firefighters receive training at a fire academy, must pass written and physical tests, complete a series of interviews, and hold an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

Educational Requirements

Postsecondary nondegree award, but in many cases to advance a Bachelor’s degree is needed. 

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2019):

              Median salary:                            $50,850 per year

              Job growth:                                 According to BSL.gov the employment of firefighters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with paramedic training will have the best job prospects.