The most important function of air traffic controllers is to ensure the safe flow of air traffic and to minimise delays.
What am I going to do in this occupation?
Air traffic controllers are responsible for the prevention of collisions between aircraft. They must maintain an orderly flow of air traffic and provide useful information and instructions needed for the safe execution of aircraft in-flight. In cases of emergency they must notify the relevant search and rescue organizations.
Air traffic controllers work in well-equipped control centres with the most modern electronic equipment and navigational instruments at their disposal.
Air traffic control is a 24-hour service and air traffic controllers are therefore required to work shifts.
What kind of personality do I need? Air traffic controllers must be sincerely interested in aviation and they must indicate a willingness to accept responsibility. They must be able to achieve a professional attitude in their career. Air traffic controllers must have good memory, hearing and eyesight. They must behave calmly and rationally when under pressure and they must be able to remain alert for long periods of time.
Where can I work?
Employment opportunities exist at all the various airports.
Can I work for myself in this occupation?
You cannot be self-employed in this occupation.