Airline Flight Control Administrator

Occupation Information table
Overview: Flight control administrators manage the dispatching of scheduled airline flights and control enroute flight movements based on FAA rules. They evaluate flight controller performance based upon pilot satisfaction and safety records. They diagnose reasons for aircraft late arrival & mishaps.
Duties: They assign the air sectors to be managed by each of the air traffic controllers in an air traffic control center based upon each controller's experience.

They determine the priorities for takeoffs and landings of airplanes at airports and the movements they are allowed to make while in flight. Change priorities based on air traffic volume.

They evaluate air traffic controllers' job performance and recommend salary increases, promotions, disciplinary actions and dismissals. Decide what additional training controllers need.

They analyze causes of accidents, near-misses and late arrivals for airplanes under his/her control. Interview controllers and pilots to pinpoint & remedy equipment or communication problems.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $45,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: An administrative position in airline flight control is not typically an entry position. Candidates for this position start as air traffic controllers which requires passing both a civil service written examination and an FAA Academy test which simulates air traffic critical incidents. Applicants should have either an associate or bachelor's degree in a technical field. Some colleges offer specialized training in aviation management.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.