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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 456456 0.015 2742
United States 24,90025,800 3.5800 1,5002,390

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 57.7632.8541.24 59.1372.7684.77
Alaska 53.7135.5343.38 51.7264.9274.05
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 60.2241.9750.58 62.8868.4379.45

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
3715 40.543.5 30.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation12
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation2
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 91
Number of job position postings 11
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.3

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 Dispatching 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)