Business Continuity Planner  What They Do

Just the Facts


Develops, maintains, or implements 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. Plans, conducts, and debriefs regular mock-disaster exercises to test the adequacy of existing plans and strategies, updating procedures and plans regularly. Acts as a coordinator for continuity efforts after a disruption event.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Develops disaster recovery plans for physical locations with critical assets such as data centers.
  • Tests documented disaster recovery strategies and plans.
  • Analyzes impact on, and risk to, essential business functions or information systems to identify acceptable recovery time periods and resource requirements.
  • Develops 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.
  • Reviews existing disaster recovery, crisis management, or business continuity plans.
  • Establishes, maintains, or tests call trees to ensure appropriate communication during disaster.
  • Interprets government regulations and applicable codes to ensure compliance.
  • Conducts or oversees contingency plan integration and operation.
  • Writes reports to summarize testing activities, including descriptions of goals, planning, scheduling, execution, results, analysis, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Identifies opportunities for strategic improvement or mitigation of business interruption and other risks caused by business, regulatory, or industry-specific change initiatives.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Business Continuity Manager -- Creates plans to keep a company functioning after disruptive events such as natural disasters, terrorism, crime and computer and human error.
  • IT Disaster Recovery Manager (Information Technology Disaster Recovery Manager) -- Responsible for IT Disaster Recovery program coordination and project management, including reporting status of IT DR planning, testing, and auditing activity to IT Services senior management on a regular basis.
  • Business Continuity Analyst --
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management Director --
  • Business Continuity Coordinator --
  • Business Continuity Global Director --
  • Business Continuity Management Director --
  • Business Continuity Planning Director --
  • Business Continuity Strategy Director --
  • IT Service Continuity Supervisor (Information Technology Service Continuity Supervisor) --