Airfield Operations Specialists (53-2022)

Occupation description:  Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.

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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 6970 1.42 46
United States 8,9009,700 8.8300 500880

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.7013.7017.94 25.3134.5244.37
Alaska 36.2220.8528.01 33.2844.6655.97
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 31.2318.6625.96 30.2338.1043.65
Fairbanks North Star Borough **25.96 *38.10*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
8812 13.646.8 36.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation10
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation2
UI claimants previously working in occupation7
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 177
Number of job position postings 11
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 16.1

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Alaska Career College   (Anchorage)
Aircraft Dispatching Certificate

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Airport Fueling Safety for Supervisor (FAA Approved)

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
Aviation Administration AAS