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Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for the safe and orderly flow of aircraft during take-off, landing and while en route. Commercial aircraft cannot take off or land without this critical job function. This role is found in commercial airports and the defence forces around the world. The job is focused on accurate communication with pilots, cabin crew and ground staff and includes high level administrative functions.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.
  • Informing pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
  • Alerting airport emergency services in cases of emergency.

The career opportunities within the aviation sector are many and varied. A role such as Air Traffic Controller can take employees across the country or around the world.

Industry facts

  • There are three areas of air traffic controlling: Tower Controllers, En route Controllers and Terminal Area Controllers.
  • This is an occupation that is recognised internationally.
  • Air Traffic Controllers must be able to work under pressure and make accurate decisions to ensure air safety. They should possess attributes of precision, accuracy, alertness and high level communication skills.
  • With Australia’s size and geographic location, aviation is vital to connect the population internally and to the world.

Entry Qualifications

Security clearance:

  • You will need an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) to work in this role.

Medical assessment:

  • You will need to obtain a class 3 medical certificate.

Training qualification:

  • Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control)

Estimated Salary

$39,000 – $140,000 (Median $93,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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