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Air Traffic Controllers

ANZSCO ID 231112

Overview

All Air Transport Professionals

  • $2,558 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Air Traffic Controllers

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 16% female Gender Share

Air Traffic Controllers ensure the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspace and aerodromes by directing aircraft movements.

You need to complete training with either Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to work as an Air Traffic Controller. To be eligible for the Airservices Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control) course, you must have completed either your year 12 certificate, a diploma or degree in the last 10 years or have a current pilot licence or a relevant international qualification. You must become an officer in the Air Force to undertake the RAAF air traffic control course.

Tasks
  • Controls aircraft movements, and directs aircraft taxiing, take-offs and landings by radio.
  • Provides pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services.

Prospects

Pathways

You need to complete training with either Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to work as an Air Traffic Controller. To be eligible for the Airservices Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control) course, you must have completed either your year 12 certificate, a diploma or degree in the last 10 years or have a current pilot licence or a relevant international qualification. You must become an officer in the Air Force to undertake the RAAF air traffic control course.

Registration with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Air Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    74% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  2. Customer and personal service

    71% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Education and training

    70% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Public safety and security

    64% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Geography

    63% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  6. English language

    58% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  8. Mathematics

    51% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  9. Telecommunications

    43% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  10. Psychology

    42% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  11. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Law and government

    38% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  13. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Clerical

    32% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  15. Physics

    32% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    31% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Engineering and technology

    30% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  18. Technical design

    27% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  19. Production and processing

    23% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  20. Mechanical

    15% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Complex problem solving

    64% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  2. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  5. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Coordination with others

    57% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  11. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Learning strategies

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Serving others

    48% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  14. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multitasking

    80% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  2. Selective attention

    70% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  3. Speed of recognition

    70% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  4. Oral expression

    68% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Problem spotting

    66% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Flexibility of closure

    64% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  8. Visualization

    64% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Perceptual speed

    63% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  11. Speech recognition

    63% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Far vision

    61% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  13. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  15. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  16. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  18. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Auditory attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  20. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    89% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Looking for changes over time

    82% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    82% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Researching and investigating

    77% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Communicating within a team

    76% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  7. Collecting and organising information

    75% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  8. Training and teaching others

    74% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  9. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    69% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  12. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  13. Coaching and developing others

    68% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Working with the public

    59% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  15. Building good relationships

    56% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    54% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Communicating with the public

    51% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  19. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Explaining things to people

    47% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Frequent decision making

    99% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Impact of decisions

    96% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  5. Teamwork

    96% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Contact with people

    94% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    93% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  8. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Conflict situations

    88% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  12. Contact with the public

    85% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Consequence of error

    84% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    83% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    83% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Face-to-face discussions

    82% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  17. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  18. Telephone

    77% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  19. Automation of tasks

    72% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  20. Making repetitive motions

    70% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    76% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Enterprising

    90% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  2. Administrative

    86% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Practical

    52% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-2021.00 - Air Traffic Controllers.

All Air Transport Professionals

  • $2,558 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Air Traffic Controllers

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 16% female Gender Share

Air Traffic Controllers ensure the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspace and aerodromes by directing aircraft movements.

You need to complete training with either Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to work as an Air Traffic Controller. To be eligible for the Airservices Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control) course, you must have completed either your year 12 certificate, a diploma or degree in the last 10 years or have a current pilot licence or a relevant international qualification. You must become an officer in the Air Force to undertake the RAAF air traffic control course.

Tasks
  • Controls aircraft movements, and directs aircraft taxiing, take-offs and landings by radio.
  • Provides pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services.

You need to complete training with either Airservices Australia or the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to work as an Air Traffic Controller. To be eligible for the Airservices Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control) course, you must have completed either your year 12 certificate, a diploma or degree in the last 10 years or have a current pilot licence or a relevant international qualification. You must become an officer in the Air Force to undertake the RAAF air traffic control course.

Registration with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Aviation Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Air Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    74% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  2. Customer and personal service

    71% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Education and training

    70% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Public safety and security

    64% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Geography

    63% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  6. English language

    58% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  8. Mathematics

    51% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  9. Telecommunications

    43% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  10. Psychology

    42% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  11. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Law and government

    38% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  13. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Clerical

    32% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  15. Physics

    32% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    31% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Engineering and technology

    30% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  18. Technical design

    27% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  19. Production and processing

    23% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  20. Mechanical

    15% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Complex problem solving

    64% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  2. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  5. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Coordination with others

    57% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  11. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Learning strategies

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Serving others

    48% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  14. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    39% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multitasking

    80% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  2. Selective attention

    70% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  3. Speed of recognition

    70% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  4. Oral expression

    68% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Problem spotting

    66% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Flexibility of closure

    64% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  8. Visualization

    64% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Perceptual speed

    63% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  11. Speech recognition

    63% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Far vision

    61% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  13. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  15. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  16. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  18. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Auditory attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  20. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    89% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Looking for changes over time

    82% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    82% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Researching and investigating

    77% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Communicating within a team

    76% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  7. Collecting and organising information

    75% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  8. Training and teaching others

    74% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  9. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    69% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  12. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  13. Coaching and developing others

    68% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Working with the public

    59% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  15. Building good relationships

    56% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    54% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Communicating with the public

    51% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  19. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Explaining things to people

    47% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-2021.00 - Air Traffic Controllers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Frequent decision making

    99% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Impact of decisions

    96% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  5. Teamwork

    96% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Contact with people

    94% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    93% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  8. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Conflict situations

    88% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  12. Contact with the public

    85% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Consequence of error

    84% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    83% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    83% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Face-to-face discussions

    82% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  17. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  18. Telephone

    77% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  19. Automation of tasks

    72% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  20. Making repetitive motions

    70% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    76% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Enterprising

    90% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  2. Administrative

    86% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Practical

    52% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-2021.00 - Air Traffic Controllers.
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