Air traffic controllers and related

Air traffic controllers and related

NOC
2272

- Air traffic controllers and related occupations

Authorize and direct air traffic within assigned airspace, control moving aircraft and service vehicles at airports, and provide pilots with flight information needed for aviation safety.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

23
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$166,133
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

204
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

84%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Air traffic controllers direct air traffic within assigned airspace, and control moving aircraft and service vehicles at airports. Flight service specialists provide pilots with flight information essential to aviation safety. Flight dispatchers authorize airline flights over assigned routes. Air traffic controllers and flight service specialists are employed by NAV Canada and the Canadian Forces. Flight dispatchers are employed by airline and air services companies and by the Canadian Forces.

Main Duties

Air traffic controllers and related occupations perform some or all of the following duties:
Air traffic controllers

  • Control flow of air traffic within assigned airspace using radar monitors, radio and other communication equipment and visual references
  • Issue aircraft takeoff and landing instructions to pilots and relay meteorological, navigational and other information to pilots in flight
  • Maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units and other area control centres, and co-ordinate movement of aircraft into adjoining areas
  • Alert airport emergency services when aircraft are experiencing difficulties and report missing aircraft to search and rescue services
  • Direct activities of all moving aircraft and service vehicles on or near airport runways.

Flight service specialists

  • Provide pre-flight information concerning current and forecast weather conditions, radio frequencies, terrain, airports and related data to assist pilots in preparation of flight plans
  • Check flight plans for completeness and accuracy and forward flight plans to air traffic services facility
  • Respond to radio calls from aircraft preparing for takeoff or landing and supply information such as weather conditions, wind speed and direction and presence of local air traffic
  • Support air traffic control operations by relaying radio requests for flight clearances, arrival and departure information and position reports
  • Alert airport emergency services of aircraft experiencing difficulties and initiate communication searches when aircraft become overdue
  • Observe, record and report weather conditions at airports.

Flight dispatchers

  • Analyze environmental conditions and assess aircraft for load and fuel capacity and other factors to determine flight routes
  • Brief flight crew before takeoff on weather conditions, status of navigational facilities and airports en route
  • Co-sign flight authorization with aircraft captain
  • Monitor progress of flight and communicate as required with aircraft during flight
  • Delay or cancel flights if conditions warrant
  • Prepare and maintain flight plans, flight logs and other reports.

Also Known As

  • air traffic controller (ATC)
  • airport air traffic controller
  • enroute air traffic controller
  • flight dispatcher
  • flight service specialist (FSS)
  • instrument flight rules air traffic controller
  • terminal air traffic controller
  • visual flight rules air traffic controller
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A basic radio telephone operator's licence is required.
  • Air traffic controllers and flight service specialists require completion of a NAV Canada training program which includes structured in-class and on-the-job training.
  • Air traffic controllers require an air traffic controller's licence.
  • Flight dispatchers may require experience in air traffic control or flight operations and may require a private pilot's licence.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

9.8%
Female
90.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

7.9%
15-24
18.4%
25-34
21.1%
35-44
42.1%
45-54
10.5%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
22.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
33.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
36.1%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

100.0%
Transportation and warehousing
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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0.00%
Northeast
82.90%
Southeast
11.40%
Southwest
5.70%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$178,773
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$166,133

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$168,842

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$166,133

Newfoundland

$154,280

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$74,934

Canada

$95,392
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

23
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

24
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

65
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-12
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

77