Recommended degree for aircraft dispatcher

Hello all,

so my dream job is to work for the airlines one day (I think most of us want that). But thinking about a back up plan (lets say if I get injured when I am a pilot and get a medical) I want to be an aircraft dispatcher as it sounds interesting to me and I do a little of it in infinite flight :). l know as an airline pilot for the major airlines in the US there is really no recommended degree. But I do not know if there is a recommended degree to be an aircraft dispatcher (besides having the knowledge and passing the two required FAA examinations). Would anyone be able to guide me here?

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Damn! In the UK it’s pretty much straightforward from what I gather. Just a bit more pay than the ramp workers.


I go to Embry-Riddle, this is actually my first year. I’m majoring in Air traffic control, so I’m not an expert on this subject, but from what I know, you’re the most likely to earn a degree in Air traffic management or aeronautical science. Keep in mind I could be wrong, but that’s what I would say. I hope you find a more confident answer. :)


what do you mean?

In the US, flight dispatching is basically planning routes for aircraft and whatnot. Pretty easy.

Varying on airline, you can get in with basic education. You can get in with a highschool diploma at minimum. However, if you want to better your chances, go to college. Get at least a 2-year or 4-year education if you want better chances at getting the job.

Several of my friends are dispatchers, one attended the Embry Riddle course and got his degree in Aircraft Management. Several of mine attended the University of Alaska Anchorage program, and one of those just attended the course and got her cert. You don’t need a college degree but you do need the course according to the FAA here’s a few schools.


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