A friend of my family works for the FAA as an air traffic controller. To maintain a certain sense of anonymity, I won't mention her name (obviously) or where she works, but I'll just say that its at an airport's TRACON in the United States.
Anyway, I am looking to make a career change, so I had her snooping around to find out how she could help me get hired into the FAA controller program. All of the postings on the FAA website require you to either (a) have been a military controller, or (b) have completed the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program and have your name on the eligibility list.
Initially, she didn't think that was the case, but after checking around, she was very surprised (and somewhat dismayed) to learn that this was, in fact, true.
This was her take on the situation when telling me about the downside of the job: "Bad things about the job: Number one for me is the bureaucratic environment. A good example is the hiring thing; they say they're going to hire 12,500 new controllers, but nobody seems to know where they're going to come from. And getting anything changed takes an act of Congress."
This brings up a good point: Where will the FAA get 12,500 new controllers over the next few years? Is the AT
-CTI list really big enough to foot that bill? Plus, I doubt that EVERY military controller will want to be an FAA controller if they decide to get out of the military.
Her feeling is that eventually they will open the postings to the general public, but if anyone here at A.net has any thoughts or information on the matter, I'd like to hear them.
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