What does an Air Traffic Controller do?

Air traffic controllers have a high level of responsibility related to maintaining the safety of flights at a particular airport. They ensure orderly and efficient operations and air traffic flow to help prevent delays or the need for flights diversions. They must have extensive familiarity with air traffic rules, regulations, and applicable laws, as well as standard traffic control procedures and emergency protocols.

Air traffic controllers who have graduated from a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program are generally preferred, but some employers will also consider applicants with a bachelor’s degree or several years of related professional experience This is a high-stress occupation that requires the ability to make quick decisions under pressure. These professionals also must pass rigorous background checks and meet other security protocol, including periodic or random drug screenings.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Air Traffic Controller Salaries

Average Base Pay

£54,545 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £55K
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Air Traffic Controller Career Path

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Air Traffic Controller Insights

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Air Traffic Control Specialist
16 Jul 2021

“Excellent pay and schedule.”

NAV CanadaNAV Canada
Air Traffic Controller Trainee
29 Sep 2020

“Uncertainty during training based on economic factors within the industry”

IAP Worldwide ServicesIAP Worldwide Services
Air Traffic Controller
5 Nov 2021

“Consistent salary but HR was not that helpful when you had issues”

Air Traffic Control Specialist
21 Dec 2020

“Good compensation for a career”

Airports Authority of IndiaAirports Authority of India
Air Traffic Controller
18 Feb 2021

“Slow career progress in AAI”

Air Traffic Control Specialist
21 Dec 2020

“Tough work life balance for a career”

Airservices AustraliaAirservices Australia
Air Traffic Controller
20 Jul 2021

“No recognition of good work”

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority
Air Traffic Controller
17 May 2021

“no training to update oneself”

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