SOC Code 53-2021 - Air Traffic Controllers

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Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport, and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers, according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.


SOC Code 53-2021 - Air Traffic Controllers is a a final level code of the “Transportation and Material Moving Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 22,090 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $57.76 and average Annual Wage of $120,140.

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Occupation Examples

  • Air Traffic Control Operator
  • Air Traffic Control Specialist
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Air Traffic Coordinator
  • Airport Tower Controller
  • Control Tower Operator
  • Enroute Controller

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