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User currently offlineSjc1204 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

I've always been intrigued by changing careers and becoming an Air Traffic Controller.

Is this even possible for non-military people? If so, any advice or recommendations for against exploring this.

FYI...I'm a web developer so it would be a big change.

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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

I heard from a medical study that air traffic controllers experience more stress in a day than astronauts do at liftoff. Yikes! Yet for some reason, it still sounds cool to do!

My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29907 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

I belive there is an age 30 rule....

Maybe somebody from the FAA could extrapolate on this.

User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

go to the FAA website, www.faa.gov. It has the low down on FAA/government service careers.

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Well like most things in aviation Embry-Riddle has a program for it. So that might be an area to check out if you are in the states and can afford the Riddle program.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineCmchardyfl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2002, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

I think it would be a great idea. I dont know how fussy the would be about the age of potential AT controllers due to the lack of them in the US at the moment. On the local NBC station here in FL they were talking about the lack of controllers again.


User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3470 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

you can make good money, and there's good mdeical, to pay for your ulcers.

When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2419 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

To answer a few questions,
I believe the age restriction is 36. The Best (and I use that term strongly) school in the USA for Air Traffic Control would be the Community College of Beaver County in Beaver Falls, PA. 100% of graduates are hired. Another plus with CCBC, when you come out, you ALREADY hold your Tower Operator's Certificate plus your Private Pilots license, ERAU and others dont give you that plus! Anyways their URL is,


The aviation department's homepage is,


They have partnerships with many colleges if you would like to also get your 4 year degree, the Air Traffic Control program is an Associate degree.


"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Many think about aviation, for salary, and benefits... for your info -
(1) pilots (obviously) have high salaries...
(2) ATC controllers...
(3) flight dispatchers...
These are the best paid in the aviation industry...
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineMd11nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

I just saw a program on CNN that there will be a massive shortage of air traffic controllers in the next 5 years due to retirement ( a huge number of controllers were hired at the same time after Pres. Reagan fired the striking controllers in the 80's). It would be a great opportunity imho.


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