Air Traffic Control Managers

Military Career

General Information

Description

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.

Work Environment

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Truck Transportation
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Warehousing and Storage
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Air Traffic Control Managers in the Military

18,796

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Salary

Average Salary

$96,800

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 40%
  • High school 34%
  • Associate's degree 23%
  • Some college 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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 managementOperational procedures for air traffic controlCommunications and radar proceduresAircraft recognitionTake-off, landing, and ground control procedures

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Transportation
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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