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Transportation Dispatch

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Transportation Dispatch Specialists play a vital role in the business operations of shipping companies, emergency responders, and other public and private organizations. Are you looking for a new challenge? Find out what it takes to become a dispatcher.

The Transportation Dispatch portion of MIAT’s Global Logistics and Dispatch training program is rigorous and fast-paced. Subjects include:

  • meteorology
  • regulations
  • navigation
  • communication
  • emergency procedures
  • crisis management
  • air traffic control
  • computers
  • transporting dangerous goods/hazardous materials
  • human factors
  • troubleshooting

Job requirements include:

  • good situational awareness
  • multi-variable problem solving abilities
  • outstanding communication skills (oral and written)
  • excellent computer knowledge
  • dedication
  • general office management and clerical skills

Employment Outlook and Information

A graduate of the Global Logistics and Dispatch Program can choose from a wide range of career opportunities in a variety of specialties within the transportation and public and private service industries. Dispatchers often enjoy an exciting and challenging work environment because no two days or shifts are exactly the same. Transportation Dispatch Specialists have an array of transferable skills that can be used in various disciplines such as aviation, emergency services, trucking dispatch, public utilities, rail, and public safety. Dispatchers exercise sound judgment and utilize problem-solving skills to maximize safety and efficiency, ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, and effectively make recommendations.

Because fluid schedules and overtime are common requirements of dispatch workers, employers frequently offer competitive compensation and benefits packages. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2012, the annual salary of service dispatchers (other than EMS) ranges from $21,430 to $59,670.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/

Learn more about the following topics:

Global Logistics and Dispatch Program at MIAT
Emergency Dispatcher
Railroad Dispatchers
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