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Be ATC - FAA Hiring Air Traffic Controllers

air traffic controller hiring 2024

The 2024 general application window is now closed. Applicants can check back here for more information on next steps in the application process.



Do you want to prepare for next year's application window? View the sections below to learn more about the job and application requirements.

Be Ready 

Am I eligible? Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (Required for males born after 12/31/1959) 
  • Be younger than 31 years old before 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
  • Be willing to relocate to an FAA facility based on agency staffing needs

It’s a tough job. Got what it takes?

Think you've got what it takes to be an Air Traffic Controller? Keep reading to learn what you can expect from the application process and training to the hours, pay, and benefits of an exciting new career. 


I’ve read everything above. I’m eligible. I’m ready to apply. What now?

  1. Interested applicants should visit USA Jobs to view the job listing, build their profile, and apply. 
  2. Collect the following documents. You will need to upload these on USAJobs when you apply: 
    • All applicants: Resume
    • I’m applying based on education: Copy of official/unofficial transcripts. 
    • I’m applying based on a Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI): Copy of official/unofficial transcripts and recommendation letter or endorsement certifying they have met the CTI requirements.
    • I’m applying based on previous experience as a federal employee: Copy of a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that verifies original appointment and any ATC certifications/ratings.
    • I’m claiming veterans’ preference: Submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or a document from the armed forces certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions within 120 days.
      • If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, and supporting outlines in the SF-15.
⚠ These documents must be uploaded with your application in USAJobs by the closing date of the announcement or your application will be rejected.   


Launch Events

The FAA hosted launch events at campuses across the country (and virtually) to provide application support from FAA hiring specialists.  

All event times are in their local time zone.

Location Details
Texas A&M – International April 19 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm |
University of Oklahoma April 19 | 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm |
Green River College April 19 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm |
City College of Chicago April 19 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm |
University of Maryland – Eastern Shore April 19 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm |
Middle Georgia State University  April 19 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm |
Embry-Riddle University – Daytona April 19 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm |
Hampton University  April 18 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm |
Atlanta University Consortium  April 18 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm |
George Mason University April 19 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm |
Vaughn College April 19 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm |
Florida Memorial University April 19 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm |
University of Alaska – Anchorage  April 19 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am |

Learn More

The FAA hosted three live events to help interested applicants understand more about this job opportunity. 

Event Overview Date How to Attend

Air Traffic Controller Application & Training Workshop 1

Current air traffic controllers and FAA hiring experts answered questions about filling out your application, training, and life as an air traffic controller.

Tuesday, April 9 at 5:00 PM ET

Registration is closed.

Air Traffic Controller Application & Training Workshop 2 Current air traffic controllers and FAA hiring experts answered questions about filling out your application, training, and life as an air traffic controller.. Thursday, April 11 at 5:00 PM ET

Registration is closed.

Live Q&A with Air Traffic Controllers Current air traffic controllers participated in a frank conversation about their experiences with training, what they love about the job, and some of its challenges. Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 PM ET Livestreamed on the FAA Instagram at @faa.
  • View the series of videos we created to help you build your resume and navigate the application process.
  • Go to the Be ATC Campaign Toolkit to find graphics, videos, sample social media posts, and more hiring content you can share with your community.
  • Check out The Air Up There podcast episodes to hear about the job first-hand from Air Traffic Controllers.



Miracle in the Air
Monday, June 27, 2022

Be ATC: From Admin to Air Traffic Controller
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Still interested in an aviation career but not sure this position is right for you? Learn about more career opportunities at the FAA here

Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2024