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Young Person's Occupational Outlook Handbook, 7th Edition by Editors at JIST

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Transportation& MaterialMovingOccupations

Air Traffic Controllers

On the Job

Air traffic controllers are responsible for the safe movement of airport traffic both in the air and on the ground. Using radar and visual observation, they direct landings, takeoffs, and ground movement of aircraft. They keep planes a safe distance apart during flights and inform pilots of current weather conditions. In emergencies, they may search for missing aircraft. This can be a very stressful job.

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