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Flight dispatchers

OaSIS code 72601.02

Flight dispatchers authorize airline flights over assigned routes.

Overview

Also known as

  • Flight dispatch assistant
  • Flight dispatcher

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Analyze environmental conditions and assess aircraft for load and fuel capacity and other factors to determine flight routes
  • Brief flight crew before takeoff on weather conditions, status of navigational facilities and airports while on route
  • Co-sign flight authorization with aircraft captain
  • Monitor progress of flight and communicate as required with aircraft during flight
  • Delay or cancel flights if conditions warrant
  • Prepare and maintain flight plans, flight logs and other reports.

Additional information

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Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators (72604)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

72 – Technical trades and transportation officers and controllers

Sub-major group

726 – Transportation officers and controllers

Minor group

7260 – Transportation officers and controllers

Unit group

72601 – Air traffic controllers and related occupations

Occupational profile

72601.02 – Flight dispatchers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Interacting with Computers
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level
Making Decisions
4 - High Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Standing
Duration
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Airline and air services companies
  • Canadian Armed forces

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Auditory Attention
4 - High Level
Hearing Sensitivity
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level
Multitasking
4 - High Level
Pattern Identification
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Digital Literacy
4 - High Level
Monitoring
4 - High Level
Coordinating
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important