Air Traffic Control Careers and Skills

Prepare to land your dream career in air traffic control

Earning your bachelor’s degree in air traffic control opens a world of possibilities in the aviation industry. Air traffic controllers are an integral part of aviation operations on the ground. They help pilots safely navigate runways, direct planes from takeoff to touchdown, and ensure passengers and cargo reach their destinations safely and on time. Prepare to meet the needs of this crucial industry.

This 100% online, 4-year program gives you a solid foundation in aviation safety and operations that can be applied to a number of areas, from air traffic control to airport management, airline management and more.

What you’ll learn

The Lynn University air traffic control bachelor’s degree prepares you to meet the federal requirements and the technical and professional competencies for air traffic control. In this 4-year program, you will:

  • Gain the practical skills to meet all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for solo flight in a single-engine, land class airplane (Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141)
  • Get ready to complete all FAA written, oral and flight training requirements for the Private Pilot License for single-engine, land class aircraft (FAR Part 141)
  • Prepare to pass the AT-SAT air traffic control entrance exam1
  • Develop the management and leadership skills necessary for air traffic control
  • Learn to use the right tools and techniques to foster productive and cost-effective operations, including forecasting, quality control, inventory management, data modeling, analytics and more
  • Learn instrument flight theory and train to complete a ground and flight progress check that covers basic altitude instrument flying and instrument navigation
  • Prepare for the FAA written and oral tests and flight training necessary for an instrument rating

Career outlook for air traffic controllers

  • Employment in air traffic control is expected to grow 4% through 2030, with an estimated 2,500 air traffic control job openings each year, as current air traffic control workers advance to other positions or retire.2
  • More than 90% of air traffic controllers in the United States work for the federal government, mainly in the FAA.2

Air traffic control career opportunities

In this online air traffic control degree program, you gain the practical knowledge and training for a dynamic career in3:

  • Air traffic ground, tower and radar control
  • Airline management
  • Airport management 
  • Approach control operations
  • Control tower operations
  • En-route center operations
  • Fixed base operation management
  • Professional pilot
  • Technical operations management
Female pilot in uniform

Important dates

Application deadlines for Summer 2022

International students: April 25, 2022
Domestic students: April 25, 2022

Notes and conditions - PLEASE READ

1 Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Lynn University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the degree program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

2 Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook HandbookAir Traffic Controllers.

3 Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment. Lynn University does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement.