About the Career
Most airlines treat dispatchers like pilot cockpit crewmembers, and extend them this excellent privilege on an unlimited basis. Also, hundreds of other airlines around the world recognize the significance of the airline dispatcher, and extend the cockpit jump seat authority freely to them. This is one of the greatest benefits available for dispatchers. Airline dispatchers schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers, or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs for aviation business.
On the job you will:
- Flight dispatchers share 50/50 decision making and responsibility for the safety of each flight with the airline captain
- Work indoors at the airport in the airline operations office or control center
Use computers, calculators, weather charts and information, and loading reports
- Work a 40-hour work week with some shift work
- Work under pressure in a fast-paced environment especially when flying weather is bad
- Make many rapid decisions concerning safety, flight regulations, and the economy of operations
- Those who work for a small airline carry on the duties of a meteorologist and schedule coordinator
- Must ride in the cockpit jump seat on "familiarization flights" for a minimum of 5 hours each calendar year
Education and Training
Dispatchers are usually required to have a high school diploma or equivalent and can benefit from having some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Dispatchers may even earn a certificate to increase the odds of gaining employment.
Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.