OCCUPATION THESAURUS

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Air traffic controllers oversee and maintain the safety of those traveling in the air and on runways. They provide instructions to pilots for taking off and landing their planes, as well as monitoring and changing the flight patterns for aircraft. Once a plane is out of range, controllers relinquish responsibility to other air traffic centers. They also may be responsible for training, managing, and providing stress defusing for team members. Constant focus and quick decision-making are necessary during shifts, making this job a stressful one.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Many branches of the military offer training programs for this career. For civilians, at minimum, an associate degree in air traffic control is needed, as is certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. To obtain the latter, one must pass a written and practical exam and accumulate the appropriate amount of experience. Reference letters and recommendations can help characters enter additional training programs, most of which are specific to the unit or sector of application.

Acceptance into an air traffic control position is rare for anyone over the age of thirty, especially if the applicant is new to the field. Anyone with a criminal history will likely be turned down.

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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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