The FAA is Hiring 1,400 New Air Traffic Controllers

Aug 4, 2016

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Flying just wouldn’t be the same without air traffic controllers. They’re the people in charge of directing aircraft into and out of airspace, in addition to keeping millions of people safe every year. Now, the FAA has announced that it’s hiring more than one thousand people for these important positions.

Earlier this week, the FAA announced it’s going to be accepting applications for air traffic controllers for one week — from August 8 to August 15, 2016. The position is labeled “Air Traffic Control Specialist-Trainee,” so there will be plenty of training before hitting the nation’s control towers. The FAA is expecting to get more than 25,000 applications for the approximately 1,400 open positions across the country. As far as applicant requirements in order to be considered for the position go, there aren’t many guidelines: you must be a US citizen under the age of 31 and be willing to relocate to an FAA facility — and there’s a mandatory retirement age of 56. The FAA’s description reads:

All applicants will need to meet basic qualifications and answer specific questions for this position once the job is announced.

Between August 8 and August 15, you can apply to become an air traffic controller. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Between August 8 and August 15, you can apply to become an air traffic controller. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Anyone interested in applying should visit USAJobs.gov to be considered for the position. Those who get approved won’t jump into work immediately, but will go through several months of training at the FAA academy located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After that, they’ll typically be distributed to lower-level air traffic facilities around the country. And if the title of air traffic controller isn’t neat enough, the salary could be enough to encourage you to apply — the median pay of an air traffic controller in 2015 was $122,950 or about $59 per hour. Not too shabby.

To learn more about how ATC really works, check out our “Insider Series” with Vic Vector, an FAA air traffic controller.

H/T: Star-Telegram

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