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Air Traffic Controllers Skills

Below are the skills needed to be air traffic controllers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Active Listening4.384
Speaking4.253.88
Critical Thinking4.124.12
Judgment and Decision Making4.124.12
Complex Problem Solving44.5

Air Traffic Controllers Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be air traffic controllers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Problem Sensitivity4.754.62
Oral Comprehension4.624.62
Oral Expression4.624.75
Selective Attention4.54.88
Deductive Reasoning4.384.38

Air Traffic Controllers Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be air traffic controllers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Transportation4.185.2
English Language3.934.09
Public Safety and Security3.764.49
Education and Training3.754.88
Customer and Personal Service3.64.99

Air Traffic Controllers Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being air traffic controllers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.856.25
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events4.65.77
Getting Information4.545.38
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings4.245.71
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates4.215.29

Air Traffic Controllers Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being air traffic controllers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Stress Tolerance4.65
Attention to Detail4.64
Dependability4.45
Adaptability/Flexibility4.39
Persistence4.34

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Air Traffic Controllers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Air Traffic Controllers jobs , as of 2018

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell820 $144,000
Jacksonville420 $129,830
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood270 $125,590
Anchorage270 $125,730
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade250 $151,960
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise210 $124,490
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn190 $135,190
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas170 $92,770
Panama City160 N/A
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin80 $81,510

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to air traffic controllers

Source : 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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