...but it seems like the controller is under a lot of stress, particularly at an airport like JFK. My question is, how long does an ATC career typically last? Also, is the pay good? Does it vary by airport/how is it determined? It seems like working as an ATC controller can be very fun if you enjoy staying on your toes, but can also require a lot of energy and concentration.
Pilot: "Request push, which way should we face?" JFK Ground: "You better face the front, sir, or you'll scare the pax!"