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Air Traffic Controllers - 53-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS)
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Certified Professional Controller (CPC)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Enroute Option)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Tower Option)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Alert airport emergency services in cases of emergency or when aircraft are experiencing difficulties.
  • Analyze factors such as weather reports, fuel requirements, or maps to determine air routes.
  • Check conditions and traffic at different altitudes in response to pilots' requests for altitude changes.
  • Compile information about flights from flight plans, pilot reports, radar, or observations.
  • Complete daily activity reports and keep records of messages from aircraft.
  • Conduct pre-flight briefings on weather conditions, suggested routes, altitudes, indications of turbulence, or other flight safety information.
  • Contact pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, or other information.
  • Determine the timing or procedures for flight vector changes.
  • Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance or baggage vehicles, or airport workers.
  • Direct pilots to runways when space is available or direct them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
  • Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
  • Initiate or coordinate searches for missing aircraft.
  • Inspect, adjust, or control radio equipment or airport lights.
  • Issue landing and take-off authorizations or instructions.
  • Maintain radio or telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units, or other area control centers to coordinate aircraft movement.
  • Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.
  • Monitor or direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.
  • Organize flight plans or traffic management plans to prepare for planes about to enter assigned airspace.
  • Provide flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations.
  • Relay air traffic information, such as courses, altitudes, or expected arrival times, to control centers.
  • Review records or reports for clarity and completeness and maintain records or reports as required under federal law.
  • Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust routes or speeds as necessary.
  • Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Coordinate flight control or management activities.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Meet with coworkers to communicate work orders or plans.
  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
  • Monitor vehicle movement or location.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Operate communications equipment or systems.
  • Plan flight operations.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Respond to transportation emergencies.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic and Air Space Management Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Air Traffic Control Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Air Traffic Control Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Radar Controller (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Tower Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller-Radar Approach Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller-Radar Arrival/Departure Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller-Tower (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller-Trainee (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Amphibious Air Traffic Control Center Controllers (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Antisubmarine Air Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • ATC Approach Control/Enroute Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • ATC Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Basic Air Control/Air Support/Antiair Warfare/Air Traffic Control Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Carrier Air Traffic Control Center Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Control Tower Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Controlled Approach Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Facility Rated Amphibious Air Traffic Control Center (AATCC) Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Facility Rated Approach Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Facility Rated Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Facility Rated Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Facility Rated RADAR Air Traffic Control Facility (RATCF) Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Facility Rated Tactical Air Control Center (TACC) Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Facility Rated Terminal RADAR Approach (TRACON) Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Air Traffic Control (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Operations Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radar Air Traffic Control Center Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Sea Combat Air Controller (SCAC) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Senior Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Air Traffic Controller (Military Only)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Air-Traffic Coordinator
  • Air-Traffic-Control Specialist, Station
  • Air-Traffic-Control Specialist, Tower
  • Chief Controller
  • Dispatcher