Careers Helping People in a Disaster
To celebrate Thanksgiving, Career Key has made a list below of careersand occupations that we rely on in a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy – obvious ones and those behind the scenes. All this month, please give thanks for the people who help us when we need it most.
All of us live with disaster risk. 91% of Americans live in places at moderate to high risk of earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, high-wind damage or terrorism. (Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, at University of South Carolina.) Chances are we or someone we know will be impacted by a natural disaster.
We need many different kinds of people and jobs to help us, in large and small ways – to prepare, plan and recover from a disaster. When you need help, comfort, and information, more than just fire and police departments become involved.
If you’re wondering how to choose a career or volunteer job that gives to your community, consider all the ways these careers help. Feel free to suggest more careers in the comments - I know this is not an exhaustive list.
We organized these careers by the six Holland personality types and Career Key Work Group (not all groups are shown below). To learn more about personality-career match and to see a longer list of career options with links to career information (salary, job outlook, training and education), visit Career Key’s “Match Your Personality with Careers.” The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the best resource for information about these careers.