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Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 by Editors at JIST, US Department of Labor

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Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

Air Transportation Occupations

Air Traffic Controllers

(O*NET 53-2021.00)

Significant Points
  • The vast majority of air traffic controllers are employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency of the federal government.
  • Applicants without prior air traffic control experience must be 30 years of age or younger.
  • Replacement needs will continue to account for most job openings, reflecting the large number of air traffic controllers who will be eligible to retire over the next decade.
  • Competition for jobs will remain keen.
Nature of the Work

The National Airspace System (NAS) is a vast network of people and equipment that ensures the safe operation of commercial and private aircraft. ...

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