Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers prepare flight plans, authorise flight departures and arrivals and maintain radio, radar and/or visual contact with aircraft to ensure the safe movement of air traffic.


New workers
£ 49,184
£ 85,340
£ 166,785

Available jobs

In the past year there were 5,037 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Handles emergencies, unscheduled traffic and other unanticipated incidents.

  • Discusses operational requirements with pilot, issues duty schedules for flight deck and cabin crews, maintains records of flight progress and authorises flight departure.

  • Calculates fuel consumption and optimum flying height, plans route and prepares flight plan for aircraft pilot.

  • Obtains information regarding weather conditions, navigational hazards, landing conditions, seating arrangements, loading of cargo, fuel and catering supplies.

  • Directs movement of aircraft and motor vehicles on runways, taxiways and in parking bays.

  • Gives landing instructions to pilot and monitors descent of aircraft.

  • Directs the movement of aircraft en route to its destination and ensures minimum distances are maintained between planes.

  • Maintains radio and/or radar or visual contact with aircraft and liaises with other air traffic controllers and control centres to direct aircraft in and out of controlled airspace and into holding areas ready for landing.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Finance

  • Credit Control

  • Invoicing

  • Accounting

  • Auditing

  • Ledgers (Accounting)

  • Document Control

  • Financial Statements

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Reconciliation

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Sales

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Operations

  • Forecasting

  • Organizational Skills

  • Collections

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.