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Air Traffic Controllers

Overview

Air traffic controllers monitor and direct the activities of aircraft into and out of airports and along specified flight routes. They radio pilots with approach, landing, taxiing, and takeoff instructions and advisories on weather and other conditions. These reports help maintain the safe and orderly flow of air traffic both in the air and on the ground. There are approximately 24,500 air traffic controllers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Helpful

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Control Tower Manager

Air Traffic Controller

Developmental Controller