I feel the same thing at times, when I explain my Comm Spec job to people. The first question I often get is along the lines of, "What is it like to fly?" or "Oh, you're a pilot? That's so cool!" That "coolness" seems to disappear, however, when they find out the truth of my groundling status. Even with some EMS professionals I see at conferences (I still maintain my EMT certs), my stock tends to drop a few notches when they learn I'm "just a dispatcher."
On a side note, I also run into a lot of people who think everything our aircraft respond to is a motor vehicle accident. That one I chalk up to being practically the only time our operations are seen in the news media. A few EMS folks have even asked me if we get all our info from police scanners. I do my best to explain the actual flight request procedures, but a few times it hasn't gotten through. Just have to keep chipping away at it!
A fellow EMT Comm Spec who knows how I feel. Been beaten and bruised on the other forums, other Sight's . They just don't understand what I do.