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Air Traffic Control Managers

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Work Environment

Air traffic control managers work in air traffic control towers and centers at airfields and aboard ships.

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Air traffic control managers oversee the operations of airfields and control centers that direct the tactical employment of aircraft during combat or noncombat missions. They prepare flight operations plans and monitor the maneuvers of aircraft in and out of the airspace. They train, establish standards, and conduct operational evaluations to manage unit training and performance standards that ensure airfield operations personnel possess required job skills.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Air traffic control managers may have an education in business science or a related field. Job training for air traffic control managers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Air traffic control management
  • Operational procedures for air traffic control
  • Communications and radar procedures
  • Aircraft recognition
  • Take-off landing and ground control procedures

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to manage in accordance with strict standards
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Decisiveness
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Related Civilian Careers

  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Airfield Operations Specialists