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Air Traffic Controller Job Description

An Air Traffic Controller is a professional who uses technology to monitor and communicate potential air traffic hazards in the area, such as delays or other safety-related issues, with airplanes and helicopters. 


Use this Air Traffic Controller job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.


Air Traffic Controller responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring and regulating ground and air traffic
  • Providing useful information related to weather, wind, flight paths, possible delays and runway openings and closures
  • Alerting response teams of safety concerns or emergencies

Job brief

We are looking for an Air Traffic Controller to join our team and maintain communication with aircraft to provide updates on weather conditions, visibility and provide guidance for pilots regarding runway availability. 

Air Traffic Controller’s responsibilities include monitoring and reporting changes in wind and weather conditions to pilots.

Ultimately, you will work directly with pilots to direct their movements and monitor their positioning to prevent collisions and other accidents as they pass through the air space.


  • Inform pilots of any runway closures, bad weather or other critical information
  • Direct pilots through the entire takeoff and landing process
  • Alert the airport response team whenever there is an aircraft emergency
  • Give departing flight control to other traffic control centers and receive control of any arriving flight
  • Assist in searches for missing aircraft
  • Compile and analyze data and reports to develop more effective flight plans and prevent delays

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as an Air Traffic Controller or similar role
  • Exceptional communication and decision-making skills
  • Familiarity with technology, including radio and computer equipment
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain thorough and accurate records
  • Strong task and time management skills
  • Ability to analyze information and draw conclusions
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as an Air Traffic Controller

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