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Air Traffic Controller

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									The Job Of An Air Traffic Controller

What Does An Air Traffic Controller Do?

Air traffic controllers direct the movements of commercial and private
aircraft with the use of radar systems and visual judgment. While they
are primarily concerned with safety, their job also includes making
flying more efficient and reducing delays, more to that, they also keep
airplane pilots informed on important details such as weather conditions
and runway status during takeoff or landing.

There are various tasks that different air traffic controllers can handle
depending on where they are working. Some controllers would be in charge
of controlling airport traffic, some would be regulating flights between
airports, some would organize an airport’s departures and arrivals while
some would monitor all aircraft that would enter airspace. Most commonly,
air traffic controllers work with other air traffic controllers do
effectively direct the plane safely and efficiently into airspace and
back.

The work of an air traffic controller is commonly associated with high
levels of stress since a person holding this job is partly in charge of
the safety of thousands of passengers.

Job Qualifications

To be an air traffic controller, one is required to have a bachelor’s
degree or anything related plus an official and approved training
program, more than that, one is also required to have completed the 8-
hour certification exam which is necessary in order to have this
profession. Training for qualified aspirants would range anywhere in
between 2 to 4 years.

Aside from basic education and training, air traffic controllers are also
required to meet other requirements such as having proper school
recommendations and being under 31 years of age. Not to mention, the
educational process also has some considerably demanding standards. For
some, a pre-employee screening system is being observed so that only the
best of all the applicants may be able to get a position in air traffic
control.

Job Opportunities

The job market for air traffic controllers is expected to stagnate until
2012. While air traffic in increasing, job opportunities are not expected
to increase proportionately as airport operations are guided by strict
budget standards. Another constraint is that the popularity of
computerized traffic control systems is increasing, giving less
opportunities for aspiring air traffic controllers.

There were over 25,000 air traffic controllers that were employed in
2006. While growth in the numbers might not be too much, the FAA has
plans of adding 17,000 new air traffic controllers over the upcoming 10
years.
The reason why not so much people are into air traffic control is because
this considerably stressful job has a lot of demanding qualifications of
which the common person could not have. While this job may be quite hard
to have, there are promising rewards for those who land a career in air
traffic control.

Expected Salary

Air traffic controllers can earn anywhere between $65,500 and $112,250
with the mean annual salary at $91,600. However, some of them could still
earn below $46,000 while some are fortunate enough to be earning above
$131,000. This rate is expected to grow through the years as air traffic
controllers are expected to handle more tasks.

Some of the highest paid air traffic controllers are those who work for
the federal government who would earn about $112,000. Pay would depend on
a lot of factors including the airport of where the air traffic
controller would work and the place.

								
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