Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic, to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart. They manage the flow of aircraft into and out of the airport airspace, guide pilots during takeoff and landing, and monitor aircraft, as they travel through the skies. Controllers usually manage multiple aircraft at the same time and must make quick decisions to ensure the safety of the aircraft. For example, a controller might direct one aircraft on its landing approach, while providing another aircraft with weather information. Tower controllers direct the movement of vehicles on runways and taxiways.
This translates to approximately 50, aircraft operating in our skies each day. How do these aircraft keep from colliding with each other? How does air traffic move into and out of an airport or across the country? The task of ensuring safe operations of commercial and private aircraft falls on air traffic controllers.
The Air Traffic Control profession is a highly dynamic and challenging one. It demands a high degree of alertness, confidence and decisiveness as no two situations are the same; and as air travel grows, air traffic controllers will have to deal with increasingly crowded skies while ensuring continued safety standards. However, the job can also be very rewarding. Regular upgrading and training will be part and parcel of the job, as new technology will be harnessed to meet the demands of the increasingly busy skies and to keep abreast with changing times.
What They Do : Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of aircraft to maintain safe distances between them. Work Environment : Air traffic controllers work in control towers, approach control facilities, or route centers. Their work can be stressful because maximum concentration is required at all times.