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Air Traffic Controller

Control the movement of aircraft in airports and along major air routes.

What does an Air Traffic Controller do?

An air traffic controller is responsible for controlling the traffic of aircraft in airports and on major air routes. You ensure timely and safe landings and departures. One of the most important ways that air traffic controllers keep the air routes and landing zones safe is by maintaining radio contact with pilots. You are responsible for routing the aircraft, using radar to trace routes, and ensuring safety during flight.

Many air traffic controllers work in airport control towers while others work out of area control centers. You may be an area controller, an approach controller, or an aerodrome controller. Duties depend on position and post, but in general include contacting the pilot by radio, directing and tracking aircraft, providing weather updates, addressing emergencies, and ensuring that planes maintain minimum distances.

Air traffic controllers need strong written and verbal communication skills, good eyesight, spatial awareness, and decision-making skills. You must also be physically and mentally fit, confident, and able to remain calm under pressure. A degree in math, science, or technology is desirable.