Air traffic controllers manage arrival and departures of aircraft between airports in Australia and overseas.

Where air traffic controllers are employed

Air traffic controllers work at airports and aerodromes and use visual observation from the airport tower. Air traffic controllers operate in shifts, often out of normal office hours, and are required to work any day of the year.


Full-time air traffic controllers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for air traffic controller

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 58 people employed full-time as air traffic controllers in South Australia compared with 65 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need passes in English, maths and a science subject, preferably physics.

Air Services Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are the only employers and trainers of air traffic controllers in Australia.

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