Scope And Career In Disaster Management In The Corporate Sector

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

Life is so unpredictable that most of the time we do not know what is going to happen in the very next moment. If the thing that happens is pleasant in nature, it is good for everyone. However, it is not fair for us to expect things to go 'the perfect way' all the time. Since there is nothing much that we can do about the unpleasant things that come our way, the best we can do is be prepared for the same. This philosophy is what lies at the heart of all disaster management tasks.


Corporate industries are ones that employ a huge number of people. Thus, any disaster that happens in such places is bound to impact the life of a number of people. This presses the need for reduction of the impact of any disaster as much as possible. Doing something like this is not possible without having proper degree and qualification in this regard.

Scope & Career In Disaster Management

These days, there are a number of universities offering courses in disaster management. The employability of graduates with a relevant degree in the corporate sector is something that we shall talk about in this article. We shall also throw some light upon the scope of career growth for people in this field.

• Background Required

Disaster management is something that can be pursued either in the undergraduate or the postgraduate level. As is the case with most other bachelor's courses, a student needs to have a minimum aggregate percentage of 55% in order to take this course. The background or choice of stream does not matter.

If students want to pursue a postgraduate degree in this field, having a bachelor's degree in any field or stream makes them eligible for the same. However, in order to pursue a PhD in disaster management, one needs to have a master's degree in the field.

In fact, it is mandatory for general category students to score a minimum of 55% marks in order to be eligible for a doctoral degree. There are a number of upcoming areas of specialisation that a person opting for a career in disaster management can go for.

• Skills Required

The role of a disaster management analyst comes into the picture when there needs to be a plan about how to deal with a disaster. However, the role becomes prominent when a disaster actually happens. At times like this, a disaster management professional needs to be alert and up on their feet. They cannot be selfish and think about self-safety at times like that.

Thus, promptness of the mind, alertness and selflessness are three qualities that are an absolute must in an individual who wants to pursue a career in this field. If you feel that you are not really brave as an individual, it is advisable that you think twice before starting a career in this field.

• Corporate Jobs

There are a number of disaster management consultancies that offer jobs to graduates in this field. Other than that organisations like Asian Development Bank (ADB), HDFC, UNESCO and Red Cross hire people in this field. IT firms like Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, Wipro and others hire a good number of specialists in this field.

The reason for the immense potential here may be attributed to the fact that in these companies the number of employees involved is large. This makes the effect of any disaster that occurs in the premises multiply itself manifold. Thus, the responsibility of corporate disaster management professionals is huge.

• Job Roles In The Corporate Sector

As most of us are well aware, for the given job roles, there are multiple designations. The specialisation and your choice of electives in your undergraduate and postgraduate days also have a key role to play in this regard. Based on your qualification and experience in the field, you are allotted one of these.

For a qualified disaster management professional, the designations include that of network administrator, database analyst, administrator, security administration and operations analyst. You can start off your corporate career as an intern and then gradually climb your way to the top of the ladder. In this field, you can grow really well if you are ready to invest long hours of dedicated efforts.

• Pay Structure

This is one job wherein the starting salary is not all that great, but with due experience one can climb up the corporate ladder. It is then that the pay structure becomes highly lucrative. An intern starts off with a salary that is about 4 to 5 thousand per month. For a permanent employee, the same stands at Rs 8000 to Rs 10,000.

A candidate with two or three years of experience earns up to Rs 18,000 or Rs 20,000. If you stick to the field for more than a decade and are good at what you do, you can well make Rs 15,00,000 per month. However, please note that the above facts and figures are that of mean industry standards and the actual figures may vary from company to company.

• Social Security

Other than the usual pay structure, this type of jobs has a lot of social security. First and foremost, in case of death or injury on duty, the family members are paid a good sum as compensation. Factors like gratuity, provident fund and pension (under the National Pension Scheme wherein the employee has to contribute a part of the same) are also made available to the employees.

Thus, if one dedicates the most productive years of their life to something like this, the firm or organisation in turn assures them that the twilight of their life, post their retirement, will pass peacefully without any form of any financial dependence on other family members.

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