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      Ensures the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspace and aerodromes by directing aircraft movements. Registration or licensing is required.

      Skill Level: 1

    Average Income:
    The average salary for an Air Traffic Controller is $ 171,565 for male employees and $ 140,832 for female employees per year.
    Average Age: Males: 42.8 Females: 38.4 Persons: 42.6
    [See: www.abs.gov.au 2311 Air transport professionals - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016]

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    Air Traffic Controller job description, duties and education requirements


      AIR TRANSPORT PROFESSIONALS fly and navigate aircraft, control and direct air traffic to ensure the safe and efficient operation of aircraft in flight and on the ground, and instruct students in flying aircraft.

      Indicative Skill Level:

      In Australia and New Zealand:

        Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. Aeroplane and Helicopter Pilots require a prescribed minimum amount of flying experience in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

      Registration or licensing is required.

      Tasks Include:

      • preparing and submitting flight plans giving consideration to factors such as weather conditions and aircraft performance
      • flying aircraft in accordance with established air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures
      • providing flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff
      • controlling aircraft movements, and directing aircraft taxiing, take-offs and landings by radio
      • providing pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services
      • completing cockpit preparations and external inspections to determine that aircraft are acceptable for flight
      • monitoring aircraft performance and reporting on mechanical condition
      • giving in-flight instruction, supervising solo flights, accompanying students on training flights and demonstrating techniques for controlling aircraft


      Sources: www.abs.gov.au and DIBP

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