Business Continuity Planners


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5% (as fast as the average)


What Business Continuity Planners Do

Develop, maintain, or implement business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analyses, strategy selection, and documentation of business continuity and disaster recovery procedures. Plan, conduct, and debrief regular mock-disaster exercises to test the adequacy of existing plans and strategies, updating procedures and plans regularly. Act as a coordinator for continuity efforts after a disruption event.

Other Job Titles Business Continuity Planners May Have

Business Continuity Administrator, Business Continuity Analyst, Business Continuity Consultant, Business Continuity Coordinator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Strategy & Operations Consultant

Collaboration, listening, client meetings, observing and research

Retired Program Director ,


Most of my time was spent meeting with colleagues to assist them in solving problems they were working on for government clients. Clients included Department of Defense, Department of Education, US Postal Service, and others. People I hired were content experts but often lacked the broad research and problem solving skills working with clients that I offered. We did a lot of estimating of future costs from key data points to help them set priorities.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop emergency management plans for recovery decision making and communications, continuity of critical departmental processes, or temporary shut-down of non-critical departments to ensure continuity of operation and governance.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans for physical locations with critical assets, such as data centers.
  • Test documented disaster recovery strategies and plans.
  • Analyze impact on, and risk to, essential business functions or information systems to identify acceptable recovery time periods and resource requirements.
  • Write reports to summarize testing activities, including descriptions of goals, planning, scheduling, execution, results, analysis, conclusions, and recommendations.

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