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ATC Career

Mon Jul 15, 2002 1:52 pm

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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RE: ATC Career

Mon Jul 15, 2002 3:15 pm

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!
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RE: ATC Career

Mon Jul 15, 2002 5:25 pm

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

Maybe somebody from the FAA could extrapolate on this.
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RE: ATC Career

Mon Jul 15, 2002 6:45 pm

go to the FAA website, It has the low down on FAA/government service careers.
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RE: ATC Career

Mon Jul 15, 2002 9:09 pm

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.
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RE: ATC Career

Fri Jul 19, 2002 10:17 am

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.

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RE: ATC Career

Fri Jul 19, 2002 12:12 pm

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

Tue Jul 23, 2002 8:04 am

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.

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RE: ATC Career

Sat Jul 27, 2002 3:54 am

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

RE: ATC Career

Sat Jul 27, 2002 4:55 am

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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