This occupation has a low probability of automation.

11.0% probability

of automation

3.5% growth

projected to 2026

24,900 employed

currently in the US

$118,200 annual wage

US, median ($56.83 hourly)

What they do

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 11.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 178 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 24,900 people have this job. They earn $118,200 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,943,180,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $56.83.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 25,800 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).