Occupational Employment Statistics
53-2021 Air Traffic Controllers
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.
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
- Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.
- Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.
- Monitor or direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.
- Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance or baggage vehicles, or airport workers.
- Issue landing and take-off authorizations or instructions.
- Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
- Maintain radio or telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units, or other area control centers to coordinate aircraft movement.
- Contact pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, or other information.
- Direct pilots to runways when space is available or direct them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
- Determine the timing or procedures for flight vector changes.