Business Continuity Planners

Business Continuity Planner Advises Team

Business continuity is when business continues as normal despite circumstances that may otherwise be disruptive. According to the Business Continuity Institute, business continuity management is the process of identifying "potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience" to effectively respond by following plans and strategies. Business continuity planners create and implement strategies and plans for disaster recovery and business continuity. They coordinate mock disaster exercises regularly to improve on the plans and procedures. There are approximately 9,570 emergency management directors and 998,000 business operations specialists employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Business Continuity and Crisis Management Directors
Duties Develop procedures for business continuity during and after disruptive events; gather and analyze data; write reports and make presentations
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high demand in urban areas, such as Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Indianapolis
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; three years of prior work experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Computer
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Certified Business Continuity Planner
  • Business Continuity Planner
  • Associate Business Continuity Planner