Reasons I Chose Air Traffic Controller

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Reason I Chose Air Traffic Controller
I chose to do my paper on being a Air Traffic Controller, and what Air Traffic Control because it seems like a job in aviation that I would be interested in. The pay is good and overall it seems like a good job and field to go into.
Air Traffic Controller
Air traffic controllers direct the movement of air traffic, to make sure that aircraft stay safe distances apart. Air traffic controllers have many duties such as, issuing landing and takeoff instructions to pilots, controlling ground traffic, help directing the movement of aircraft in air and on the ground, and etc. Air traffic controllers work in control towers, approach control buildings, or en-route centers. Some are located at airports and others are not. Air traffic controllers with 20 years of experience are able to retire at age 50. Controllers must retire at age 56. Most air traffic controllers work full time.The median annual wage for air traffic controllers is $122,530.
To become an air traffic controller, you must be a U.S. citizen, pass medical and background checks, get a good score on the Federal Aviation Administration pre-employment test, complete a training course at the FAA Academy, pass a physical exam each year and a job performance exam twice per year and pass drug screenings. Air traffic controllers must hold an Air Traffic Control Tower Operator Certificate or be qualified. They must be at least 18 years old, speak English, and comply with all knowledge and skill…
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