Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers (43-5031)

Occupation description:  Operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment at emergency response centers. Receive reports from the public of crimes, disturbances, fires, and medical or police emergencies. Relay information to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. May maintain contact with caller until responders arrive.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 366376 2.71 910
United States 102,00099,000 -2.90 2,5502,550

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 19.7412.0714.82 18.6923.8329.46
Alaska 25.4019.1522.84 26.0728.9730.81
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 27.2023.5325.54 27.6129.6030.86
Southeast Region 24.6517.7820.65 23.9728.3532.25
Balance of State 23.7214.3920.70 23.8727.9630.78

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
43730 6.931.0 20.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation81
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation32
UI claimants previously working in occupation45
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 324
Number of job position postings 42
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.7

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s First Responders (March 2014)