Advanced Emergency Dispatcher

Advanced Emergency Dispatcher

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you thrive in high-pressure, fast-paced environments? Always willing to lend a helping hand?  

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Emergency Dispatch training program. 

On the job, you will ... 

  • Answer 911 emergency and non-emergency calls, text messages, social media and alarm system requests  
  • Determine the appropriate response based on procedures 
  • Coordinate the dispatch of emergency personnel 
  • Relay information to the response team in a timely manner 
  • Give instructions to the person in need before emergency personnel arrive 

Some of the career options you will have ... 

Individuals with their Advanced Emergency Dispatch credentials often go on to work as emergency dispatchers for the purpose of Police and Fire department communications coordination. The skills learned in this training area can also be applied to careers in the trucking, rail and shipping industries.  

Emergency dispatch workers usually work shifts between eight and 12 hours, with overtime options available. 

The credentials you will earn ... 

In the Advanced Emergency Dispatch training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED).  

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Complete a Job Corps basic training program 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
  • Be at least 17 years old 
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record 
  • Have a written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 
  • Have a health clearance at current center 
  • Have a strong work ethic and determination to succeed 
  • Wildland Fire Training and Red certification is suggested, but not required 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.