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Air Traffic Controller

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Who This Career is For?
Air Traffic Controllers need to be hardworking people who are extremely cautious and think before every action they take. They must be able to work under pressure without making any mistakes, since they have a large number of lives in their hands. Air traffic controllers must be able to solve problems on a typical day at work, and they should be able to take initiative and must need always need direction from their superiors. Air traffic controllers at busy international airports should be fluent in English and they must be able to work in a team. A good eye sight and a calm attitude are also necessary to succeed as air traffic controller.
Want to know more about it?
Air traffic controllers are part of an extensive network of technicians and equipment that are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all airplanes are safe, both in the skies and on the ground at airports. Their prime task is to coordinate the positions of different aircraft, so as to ensure that there are no collisions. However, their duties go well beyond just ensuring the safety of the plane. At busy airports all over the world, air traffic controllers are responsible for making sure that delays are minimized so that the airport can become efficient.

Air traffic controllers generally work in teams. Each controller is assigned a fixed number of planes as soon as they enter the airspace of the airport they work at. They are responsible for communicating with that plane until it lands or leaves the airspace. They do this by talking to pilots of various commercial and personal aircraft through a two-way radio system.

Air traffic controllers include, but are not limited to, keeping in constant contact with all aircraft looking to land or take off at the airport, directing pilots to alter the altitude of their aircraft and assigning a cruising level, ensuring that planes have a safe minimum distance between them, directing a plane to a runway, both when it is landing and taking off, as well as delaing with any emergencies that may arise.

In India, air traffic controllers need to have a degree in engineering from a recognized university. No specialized training in the field of air traffic control is required since this is provided once a person has been recruited.
What are Salary Prospects?
The amount of money you can earn as an air traffic controller varies considerably, mostly based on your qualifications, experience and most importantly, where you apply for a job. In India, an air traffic controller can earn as follows:
Junior executive (electronics): pay scale of Rs. 16,400-40,500
Manager (electronics): pay scale of Rs. 24,900- Rs. 50,500
Senior assistant (electronics) (non-executive cadre): pay scale of Rs. 14,500- Rs. 33,500
How is Life?
Life as an

air traffic controller

can be taxing. Since most airports do not close for the night, every

air traffic controller

has to work the graveyard shift at some point during his or her career. While people who opt for this career path work from the comfort of the control tower on a airport, the work can be monotonous since they have to repeat the same procedures over and over. Air traffic controllers have to work under a lot of stress since on any given day, they can have thousands of lives in their hands. Life in the career involves spending long hours of the day wearing earphones and giving orders to pilots looking to land or take-off from the airport.
What Perks come along with this career?
The biggest perk that is associated with a career in air traffic controlling is job stability. If you are willing to be dedicated, Air travel is expected to continue to grow, and it is unlikely that you will be laid off from a job position. Besides that, you get to work in a comfortable environment and be part of a team of likeminded people.
Which Downsides are there in this career?
The biggest downside of becoming an air traffic controller is undoubtedly that dreaded graveyard shift that you may have to work during. Besides that, it is a stressful and monotonous job. There is little room for error, and if you do make a blunder, the repercussions could be catastrophic. Plus, air traffic controllers have to work long shifts and don’t get too many long vacation breaks.
How is Competition?
The level of competition is fierce, but there is always room for a highly qualified air traffic controllers in the control towards of major airports. Competition varies from city to city, and country to country. It is expected that the aviation industry will continue to grow, which means the number of positions open for air traffic controllers will increase over the next few years.
Locations where this career is good?
If you want to become a successful air traffic controller, your best bet is to move to a place with a big international airport. The larger the size of the airport, the more openings there will be. However, isolated regional airports also require air traffic controllers and the competition is perhaps less, so you might be able to get hold of a job there. Your paycheck will still depend on the business and size of the airport.
Career Path
A junior executive (electronics) requires a BE/BTech in electronics and telecommunication or equivalent. A manager (electronics) needs a first class BE/BTech in electronics and telecommunication or equivalent with two years' experience. A senior assistant (electronics) needs a first class three-year diploma/ degree in electronics and telecommunication/ BSc with physics/maths. AAI conducts examinations and interviews for recruitment

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User Comments

PadmaMandapaka  on 2014-04-03 23:00:19
Karan Mhapankar  on 2014-12-27 06:45:26
Hello sir, I would be completing my BE EXTC june,2015. I aspire to join the ATC, please do guide me . . . my email id is [email protected]

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