Changing Industries? Air Traffic Controller Jobs Available; No Experience Necessary?

airplaneAs we put pen to paper (okay, fingertips to laptop keyboard), we say this facetiously and somewhat snarky and also somewhat perplexed.

Per a piece on Forbes, job postings for air traffic controllers will be open to accepting applications tomorrow. They’re available to the public without any significant experience. Really?This sounds pretty significant since they typically recruit from the military or air traffic collegiate programs. And let’s repeat: candidates don’t need to have any prior aviation experience. This troubles us on many levels and yet it’s great to hear an area that’s rapidly hiring (apparently they need to make 10,000 hires within the next 10 years).

So, if you’re looking to change careers, although we know your heart’s in media, the FAA anticipates getting an abundance of resumes through February 24. We feel better knowing applicants must go through training (pfeww…at least there are some standards).

Candidates must also be U.S. citizens, able to start training prior to their 31st birthday and be willing to relocate to “an air traffic facility based on the FAA’s highest needs” at the time. Plus, applicants must possess three years of progressively responsible work experience or a bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and work that encompasses at least three years.

As per the piece, most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the median air traffic controller salary was $122,530 in May 2012. Wow.