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2022 - FAA Hiring Air Traffic Controllers

The FAA announced that it will be hiring people interested in a career as an air traffic controller. The application window opens nationwide June 24-27 for all eligible U.S. citizens.

Interested applicants should visit to build their application profile. Check back when the application window opens on June 24 to access the application. 

Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (Required for males born after 12/31/1959) 
  • be age 30 or under on the closing date of the application period (with limited exceptions)
  • have either three years of general work experience or four years of education leading to a bachelor’s degree, or a combination of both
  • speak English clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment

Individuals who meet the minimum application requirements will also be required to pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) to be considered for employment. Those who are selected are also required to pass all pre-employment requirements, to include a medical examination, security investigation and drug test.

Because of the serious nature of this work and zero margin for error, selected candidates will train at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. After successful completion of training, they will be placed in a radar facility or air traffic tower to gain on-the-job experience before becoming certified professional controllers. Staffing needs will determine facility assignment, and applicants must be willing to work anywhere in the U.S.