Air Traffic Controllers use specialized equipment to monitor and stay in contact with airplanes so they maintain safe distances from each other.
Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor's degree is necessary to obtain these positions. Individuals interested in this career should look into related training programs that lead to a license to work as an air traffic controller. In the US, many new controllers attend the FAA Academy. In Canada, individuals must complete the NAV Canada training program.
Employment of Air Traffic Controllers is projected to is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations.
Air Traffic Controllers work in control towers, approach control facilities, or route centers. Their work can be stressful because maximum concentration is required at all times. Night, weekend, and rotating shifts are common.