FAA looking to hire 1,400 new air traffic controllers

The median annual salary is $122,950.

An air traffic controller directs air and runway traffic from the control tower at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Are you searching for a new job? Well, the government might have one for you.

Starting tomorrow, the Federal Aviation Administration will start taking online applications for 1,400 entry-level air traffic controller positions. The applications will only be taken in during a one-week period that ends on August 15th.

The job is known to be a high-stress position, but it pays well. The median annual salary for an air traffic controller is $122,950.

“We provide the safest, most efficient airspace system in the world and we need exceptional people to support our mission,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement to the Star-Telegram.

The air traffic control tower at John Glenn Columbus International Airport
The air traffic control tower at John Glenn Columbus International Airport

There are some restrictions to apply. You must be a US citizen, you have to be under the age of 31 and you must be willing to relocate to wherever the FAA tells you to go. Training takes place in Oklahoma City. Those who make it through training then usually start off in smaller airports.

In other words, you likely wouldn’t start off here in Columbus.

The agency says it needs to make the hires as it prepares for a wave of retirments from baby boomers who currently staff the towers. Air traffic controllers are required to retire by the time they turn 56.

If you meet the requirements, you can apply starting Tuesday by clicking/tapping here.

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