How to become an Air Traffic Controller

by ceojem in Careers Paths 15/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Air Traffic Controller?  What They Do

Do you have the believe that the sky is no limit? Then a career as an Air Traffic Controller might be just the right career path for you

An Air Traffic Controllers uses advanced radar systems and sophisticated communication equipment to enable pilots take off and land planes safely and  also, making sure arrivals and departures are just as planned.  Air Traffic Controllers co ordinate all air traffic effectively and, they ensure planes are at all times safe and apart from one another.

Air Traffic Controllers work from control towers, and approach control facilities, or en-route centres, base on the particular air traffic control specialism they are involved in. Which could include: area control, aerodrome control, and approach.

The specific duties of an Air Traffic Controller may include:

  • Giving the airline pilots take-off and landing instructions
  • To track and monitor the movement of aircrafts
  • Arranging aircrafts into the best possible order of landing
  • Ensures all ground traffic is under control
  • Providing pilots up to date with important information / news updates on: weather, runway closures, …
  • Effectively manage communications throughout all areas of traffic control

Can I become An Air Traffic Controller?

You need to be able to communicate effectively and work as part of a team,  and also exhibit a high level of concentration which are all very important to becoming a successful Air Traffic Controller. For someone whom may be easily distracted, this job is probably not for you.

Being that a huge part of the job is based around making quick decisions, you will need to be able to think quick in unforeseen situations, and have the ability to alter the schedule last minute to make sure the plane is safe.

You should be able to calculate speed, time, and distance correctly, meaning advanced skills in maths are essential.

As an Air Traffic Controller, you will also need to be:

  • Great at solving problems
  • Able to stay calm even under pressure
  • Skilled at using technology
  • Spatially aware
  • Physically dexterous
  • Able to work flexibly

Become qualified as An Air Traffic Controller

You have to be over 18 years of age, have at least five GCSEs (grade A-C), with Maths and English for  you to be accepted onto an approved training course, this will allow you to gain an air traffic control license and begin your training.

Air Traffic Controller Salary (United Kingdom)

An Air Traffic Controller earns an average salary of £52,947 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years’ experience.

Median: £52,947
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £50K £100K £150K
Salary £32,062 – £99,630
Bonus £0.00 – £8,243
Profit Sharing £725
Total Pay (?) £30,744 – £103,143
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83

Experience Affects Air Traffic Controller Salaries

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National Average
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied

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How to become an Air Traffic controller

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