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Air Traffic Controllers

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Work Environment

Air traffic controllers work in land-based and shipboard control centers.

  • Military Status

    Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $65,492

Overview

Air traffic controllers direct the movement of aircraft into and out of military airfields. They track aircraft using navigational aids. They coordinate and communicate aircraft movement information as well as weather and airfield conditions. They also provide critical information to direct the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Air traffic controllers will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to make quick, decisive judgments
  • Ability to work under stress
  • Skill in math computation

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