Aeronautics at Sacramento City College

Air Traffic Controller Careers

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Scott Miller

millers@scc.losrios.edu
(916) 558 - 2502

SCC Main Campus
3835 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95822

In the United States, there are various types of controller positions and places these controllers work. Terminal controllers work in airport control towers or terminal radar approach control (TRACON) rooms or buildings. En route controllers work at one of 20 different air route traffic control centers around the country. There are also 17 flight service stations in Alaska, where flight service specialists provide pilots with preflight and in-flight weather information, suggested routes and other aeronautical information. Lastly, some air traffic controllers work at the FAA's Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center in Virginia, where they oversee the entire system and respond with management plans for bottlenecks and trouble spots in the overall system.

Job Outlook and Salary

It is expected that a majority of today's air traffic controllers will be eligible to retire over the next decade, though competition to get into the FAA Academy will remain high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for air traffic controllers is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2008 to 2018.

The median salary for an air traffic controller is $111,870 annually. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,020, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $161,010.

For more employment information, please see this page from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statisics, U.S. Department of Labor

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