Career Details

Police - Call Taker/Dispatcher

Career Overview

A call taker/dispatcher answers emergency calls to 911 and dispatches the appropriate services (police, fire, etc.) to people in need.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$25,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication
  • Government
  • Foreign Languages
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

A dispatcher works for a public safety communication department. This job requires long periods of sitting in one location, and it may require working a 12-hour shift. This can be very stressful work at times.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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