Air Traffic Controllers


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Air Traffic Controllers

Air Traffic Controllers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Almost all air traffic controllers work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Most of the rest work for private companies that contract with small communities. A few work as military air traffic controllers for the Department of Defense.

Major employers:

  • Federal government agencies

Outlook

Despite an expected increase in air traffic, growth will be limited as air traffic control systems become more automated. New computerized systems assist controllers by making many routine decisions for them. This allows controllers to handle more traffic. The federal budget also may limit how many air traffic controllers are hired.

Most job openings will occur as current controllers retire. Competition to get into the FAA training programs is expected to remain strong. Opportunities will be best for those who obtain an air traffic management degree from a FAA certified school or have military experience as an air traffic controller.

Air Traffic Controllers (CIS 100231)

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Illinois
1,213
Small
&
6.0%
5.8%
>>>>
121
Few
  Champaign Area
13
Very small
&
7.7%
7.0%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Cook County
773
Small
&
8.9%
5.6%
>>>>
81
Few
  Du Page County
48
Very small
&
2.1%
5.4%
>>>>
5
Very few
  Edwardsville Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
5.1%
>>>>
0
None
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
5.2%
>>>>
0
None
  Lake County
38
Very small
&
0.0%
8.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  McHenry County
6
Very small
&
0.0%
6.8%
>>>>
0
None
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
8
Very small
&
0.0%
6.8%
>>>>
0
None
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
32
Very small
&
6.2%
7.3%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
6
Very small
&
0.0%
4.3%
>>>>
0
None
  Rock Island-Moline Area
88
Medium
&
2.3%
5.7%
>>>>
8
Moderate
  Shawnee National Forest Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
2.4%
>>>>
0
None
  Springfield Area
23
Small
&
4.3%
4.7%
>>>>
2
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
107
Medium
&
1.9%
6.4%
>>>>
9
Moderate
United States
24,300
Small
&
0.8%
3.7%
>>>>
2,000
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.