Air Traffic Controller

What Does An Air Traffic Controller Do?

Air traffic controllers use specialized equipment to monitor and stay in contact with airplanes so they maintain safe distances from each other.

How Do I Become An Air Traffic Controller?

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.

What is the Average Salary For An Air Traffic Controller?

High – 160,000
Median – 100,000
Low – 50,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Air Traffic Controller?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For An Air Traffic Controller?

Air traffic controllers work in control towers, approach control facilities, or route centers (which are located away from airports). Their work can be very stressful because of the level of concentration required at all times.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Air Traffic Controller?

There will likely be very strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada