Air Traffic Controllers (53-2021)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 480512 6.73 1519
United States 24,50022,400 -8.60 750750

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 56.8331.9240.73 58.8571.7483.02
Southeast Region 43.2032.8635.02 42.8750.7952.23
Balance of State 45.8732.8741.92 45.2850.7157.84

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
4921 42.933.3 26.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation6
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation5
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 73
Number of job position postings 8
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.1

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Alaska Career College   (Anchorage)
Aircraft Dispatcher Specialist Certificate

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Aviation Security BS

Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Applied Science and Technology in Air Traffic Control BS

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Air Traffic Control AAS

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Air Traffic Controllers (December 2016)