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Fastest Growing First Response Careers

FireLink and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Emergency Dispatcher


18% Projected Job Increase
17,800 New Jobs
Average Salary (2008): $33,670

What’s Ahead

Employment for emergency dispatchers is expected to grow 18%, much faster than average employment, because of an increased burden on emergency forces and an aging population that will demand more medical response units.

As the equipment dispatchers use becomes more complex, individuals with computer skills should have the best opportunities.

Specialized Degrees

While a bachelor’s degree is usually not required, applicants for this position often complete mandated training or certification along with a high school diploma. A general college degree or state sponsored course in basic dispatch skills can greatly increase an applicants chances of being hired.

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