Bill Masseth, an air traffic controller at Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport, at work in the airport’s traffic control tower in 2013. Bill Lackey/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

FAA hiring air traffic controllers

Ever thought about becoming an air traffic controller?

The Federal Aviation Administration is accepting applications June 14-17 from U.S. citizens who want to become air traffic controllers

However, the FAA said it may close the application window early if it receives more than enough applications.

The median annual wage for air traffic control specialists was $127,805 in 2016, according to  the FAA. Pay varies depending on location, airspace complexity and other factors.

To apply, you must be no older than 30, speak English clearly, and have a combination of three years of work experience and/or higher education. More details on the requirements are at the FAA’s website. Those interested in applying should go to

And, they must be wiling to work anywhere in the United States, after training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

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About the Author

Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.