Air Traffic Controller Jobs
Six Figure Compensation for Air Traffic Controllers
According to survey, by the year 2011 most of the currently
employed air traffic controllers are expected to retire. And
on top of that, large numbers of airports around the country (not
to mention the world) are being built, modernized and are
With the growing need for air traffic controllers, the U.S.
government plans to hire thousands of controllers in the years
ahead, making it an especially promising field.
With the perceived scenario in this particular aeronautical field,
the chances of being a part of it are great. The rewards are
tremendous: a not so physically compelling job, a mentally
challenging opportunity not to mention an annual salary that can
run more than US$100,000.00. Not too bad!
If you’re fascinated with airplanes and rules and systems, then
this might just be the job for you. This particular
profession needs a detail-oriented person; a person whose focus is
on organization, system and regulations. Above all, an air
traffic controller should be a mature, decisive individual willing
to take on large amount of responsibility that entails the
protection and safety of quite a lot of people.
Articulateness, intelligence, an exemplary memory and the
ability to concentrate amidst terminal noise and other distractions
are among the qualities required of a good air traffic
controller. These are traits that will help an aspiring air
traffic controller become an efficient and successful
The primary responsibility of an air traffic controller is to
coordinate the movement of airplanes to ensure orderly and
systematic air traffic movements. It’s a position of
tremendous responsibility since a controller is duty bound to make
decisions that can literally save lives.
They also watch over all aircrafts traveling within the
airport’s airspace relying on both radar and visual
observation. Another responsibility of air traffic
controllers is to notify pilots about changes in weather conditions
and other information which might be crucial in manning and
controlling an aircraft.
In order to qualify as an air traffic controller applicant, you
need to have completed four years of college education, must have a
three year of full-time work experience, or a combination of both.
You must also enroll in an FAA-approved training program. If you
have a sort of aviation practice, whether as military veterans or
civilians with prior experience, this can be use to substitute for
any of these requirements.
In addition to these requirements, you also have to complete and
pass an eight-hour computerized pre-employment examination before
you can actually qualify and apply for the position. This will
measure your ability to learn the controller’s duties and
Successful completion of all required instructional programs
including the age limit (applicants must be less than 31 years of
age), medical examinations with drug screening, and security
clearance would mean great conditions for being hired.
Once hired, you’ll be attending a twelve week training seminar,
where you’ll learn the basics of airway system, FAA regulations,
aircraft performance features as well as an opportunity to work on
an air traffic simulator. It is a device which enables you to
get a feel for what it’s really like to direct air
After completing the training, you will probably be assigned to
an air traffic control facility as a trainee. And this is not the
end of trainings and preparations you have to undergo. You are
still classified as a ‘developmental controller’ and will still
have to work and train for several more years before you will be
considered as a fully qualified air traffic controller.
Undergoing apprenticeship does not assure an applicant of a
certification. Anyone who does not complete the FAA
educational requirement or the on-the-job training within the
specified time allotted are usually dismissed.
It generally takes new controllers about two to four years of
training to complete all the certification requirements to become
certified controllers. Although people who probably have
qualified experiences normally take less time to be
A certified air traffic controller has to follow a continuous
assessment of both physical and job performance. Annual physical
examinations with drug screening together with a bi-annual job
performance evaluation are conditions for continued employment.
While the training process can be quite challenging and long,
those who were able complete and go through it say it’s well worth
the effort. That’s because the work of an air traffic
controller can be incredibly rewarding—financially aside, it offers
security of tenure (as long as you always meet all requirements)
than do most professions and a wide-open prospect for advancement;
a total overall job satisfaction!