Hi - I'm a huge commercial-aviation enthusiast who is writing to get feedback/advice/information about ground control positions at airports and dispatch positions with airlines (unfortunately I haven't logged any flight time because I can't afford the training):
1) Does one get hired for ground control positions via an airline or the government? I was once told by an airline employee that airlines have their own ground control people to manage the aircraft to/from the active taxiways. Not all airports are major hubs, though, so I'm confused how it actually works.
2) If airlines hire ground controllers, what sort of prerequisite training/qualifications must one have to be a suitable candidate? Is there some sort of school, as with dispatchers, that one must enroll in, or do you have to start on the ramp and work your way up in the company?
3) With the majority of the airline industry hurting as much as it is today, is a job as a ground controller or dispatcher in any capacity (not necessarily with a major airline) possible to come by once training is completed, or is the job market completely oversaturated with suitable candidates (thereby making it foolish to consider a job change)?
Any help with these queries would be sincerely appreciated; thanks.