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Occupation Title: Air Traffic Controllers

Description: Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 53-2021

Sample Job Titles: Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS), Air Traffic Controller, Certified Professional Controller (CPC), Air Traffic Controller (Enroute Option), Air Traffic Controller (Tower Option)

Salary Chart Air Traffic Controllers

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 23,970
2011: 23,580
2012: 23,260
2013: 23,060
2014: 22,860

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 11,400
Projected Growth (2012-2022): -2-2%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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