Air Traffic Controller and related occupations
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Air traffic controllers direct air traffic within assigned airspace, and control moving aircraft and service vehicles at airports. Flight service specialists provide pilots with flight information essential to aviation safety. Flight dispatchers authorize airline flights over assigned routes. Air traffic controllers and flight service specialists are employed by NAV Canada and the Canadian Forces. Flight dispatchers are employed by airline and air services companies and by the Canadian Forces. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Aerospace Control Officer profile - Canadian Forces, Department of National Defence
- Air Navigation Careers - NAV Canada overview of Tower Control, Area Control, Flight Service Specialist (AAS) and Flight Service Specialist (FIC)
- Choose Your Aviation Career Flight Path - from Transport Canada
- A Day in the Life of an Air Traffic Controller - TalentEgg.ca
- Aviation Careers: Air Traffic Control Specialists - info and videos from the U.S. FAA
Air traffic controllers and flight service specialists require completion of a NAV Canada training program which includes structured in-class and on-the-job training.
Explore Pathway Options
- NAV Canada Training and Recruitment
- Canadian Forces - Air Traffic Control Officer - select Training and Entry Plan tabs
- Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.) - Training - list includes Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- I want to be an air traffic controller. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
- Best Jobs in Canada 2018: The Top 25 - Air Traffic Controller (#11) - Canadian Business magazine
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- Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA)
- National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) (U.S.)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- NATCA job board (U.S.)
- Nav Canada
- Canadian Forces
- Transport Canada
- Air Transport Association of Canada - members
- Canadian Airports Council - members
- Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.)
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