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Job overview
Air traffic controllers aim to ensure the safe flow of air traffic into and out of airports and to minimise delays.

What do people do in this job?
Controllers are responsible for the prevention of collisions between aircraft flying between destinations, particularly when taking off and landing.

They must maintain an orderly flow of traffic and keep the aircraft in the air fully briefed with information and instructions needed for the safe completion of their flight.

In cases of emergency they must notify the relevant search and rescue organizations.

What kinds of people are suitable for this career?
Air traffic controllers must be professionally interested in aviation, and be prepared to accept heavy responsibility.

They need good memory, hearing and eyesight.

Above all, they must be calm and rational when under pressure and be able to remain alert for long periods of time.

Air traffic controllers usually work in well-equipped control centres with modern electronic equipment and navigational instruments at their disposal.

Air traffic control is a 24-hour service and controllers are therefore required to work shifts.

What qualifications are needed?
A science-orientated education, plus successful completion of a hands-on, course in air traffic control.

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