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Airline Jobs

The Airline Industry employs roughly 400,000 full-time employees across the United States. Anywhere airlines travel, workers are needed to facilitate transportation of people and luggage. And with thousands of airports across the nation, there's a good chance you have a career opportunity close to home.

There are dozens of positions available in the airline industry, from baggage handler, skycap, and ground crew to aircraft maintenance, flight attendant, air marshal, or pilot. Also, because of the round-the-clock operation of airports, an airport job can offer employment that works with your schedule.

The average pay of an aviation worker is substantial. Depending on position, an airline worker can earn anywhere from around $30,000 a year to well over $100,000 per year. Plus, airline industry jobs have many perks and benefits. These benefits vary from company to company, but often include:

  • Personal and family travel passes
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Vision care insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Sick pay
  • Paid vacation
  • Profit sharing
  • Retirement program

In addition to these benefits, most airlines offer:

  • Full or part time employment
  • Wide pay range
  • Flexible schedule
  • Multiple days off
  • Job shares
  • Leaves of absence
  • Personal adventure and excitement
  • And more!

There are several airline job opportunities available today. And though some positions require special certification, such as pilot or aircraft mechanic, many positions require no previous experience or special training. These positions offer opportunity to get into a solid career with potential for additional training and advancement within the industry. The sky is the limit!

Job Spotlight: Airline Traffic Controller

When you think about Airline travel, Airline Traffic Controllers probably do not come into mind or the jobs they do. They are, however, extremely important to the Airline industry. Airline Traffic Controllers are responsible for communicating with and directing airplanes from before they even leave the departure gate to the time they have safely arrived at the destination gate.


Airline Traffic Controllers are responsible for both communicating with each plane's crew through their entire flight and keeping collisions from happening in the air as well as on the ground. There are different units of air traffic control: Ground Control, Tower Control, TRACON, and En Route. All of these units are extremely important to the airline industry, because every single flight uses air traffic control.

Job Tasks:

Air traffic controllers start communicating with pilots on airplanes just before the plane leaves the gate. The pilot calls for clearance from the Ground Control unit of air traffic control to start the push out from the gate. Ground Control grants that action and the pilot is then directed to the correct runway for takeoff. The local air traffic control center, also known as &lquo;Tower Control,&rquo; gives the clearance for takeoff.

When the pilot receives orders for takeoff, he or she then switches over to Departure Control, which is part of TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control). Departure Control ensures that pilots have the right route and time, and tells them when to start the engines. TRACON stays with the airplane until it reaches its cruising altitude, when it is then handed off to the En Route segment of air traffic control.

En Route air traffic control keeps pilots up to date on all weather changes, power outages at their destination, and route modifications that need to be made, as well as any other information that is pertinent to that flight. En Route continues with the airplane until it reaches its descent. The pilot then switches back to TRACON for the arrival and landing.

Once on the ground, the pilot checks in with the local Tower Control and they connect the plane with the Ground Control unit. Ground Control brings the plane safely into the gate.

Qualifications and Training:

The first and foremost qualification for being an air traffic controller is being an American citizen. It is a federal law and there are no exceptions to this rule. Other qualifications include being under 31 years of age, passing a background check, passing a medical exam, having a score of 70 or more on the FAA pre-employment test, having a bachelor's degree, and speaking fluent and clear English. It is also desired that applicants be very motivated, clear-thinking, and can work in a stressful environment.

Paid training to be an air traffic controller is held in Oklahoma City at the FAA Academy. Students of the Academy have a stipend for their room and board, as well as round trip travel to Oklahoma City from their official address. After passing all FAA Academy courses, a student is assigned to a facility. This facility will then continue training the student the tower's own operational system.

Advantages of Being an Air Traffic Controller:
  • High salary (median salary in 2010: $108,040)
  • Insurance (dental, medical, and visual)
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan options
  • 401K (full time employees)
Disadvantages of Being an Air Traffic Controller:
  • Schedule includes nights, weekends, and holidays
  • High stress job
  • Current decrease in air traffic control jobs

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