Air traffic controller | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Air traffic controllers give information and advice to airline pilots to help them take off and land safely and on time.

  • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.  
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.  
  • Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and
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Air traffic controllers typically work around 45 to 47 hours per week.

As a Air traffic controller you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    93,955 GBP *
    per year
    17,000 GBP
    50,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Air traffic controller
    • 95,492 GBP
    Average salary for full-time Air traffic controller

    • 93,955 GBP
    • 95,492 GBP
    Salary over time for Air traffic controller

    Pay for this role has increased slightly over time
    • 76,954 GBP
    • 77,184 GBP
    • 78,520 GBP
    • 86,597 GBP
    • 92,411 GBP
    • 93,955 GBP

    Future outlook for Air traffic controllers

    Very good outlook
    5% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Air traffic controller - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Air traffic controller and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 80% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 16% of people in this role have a Master's degree
    • 3% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    You'll need:

    •  science skills  
    •  business management skills   
    •  the ability to work well with others  
    •  analytical thinking skills  
    •  the ability to learn through your work  
    •  excellent verbal communication skills  
    •  maths knowledge  
    •  to be thorough and pay attention to detail  
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Air traffic controller.
    Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes
    Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes
    Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Air traffic controller. Check that you know:
    Data base management system software Apache Cassandra
    Development environment software Advanced business application programming ABAP
    Object or component oriented development software C++
    Program testing software Hewlett Packard LoadRunner; JUnit
    Web platform development software AJAX
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    Things to highlight for your Air traffic controller interview

    Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Innovation Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Achievement/Effort Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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