Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management

Bachelor of Science in
Air Traffic Management

The B.S. in Air Traffic Management prepares students for entry-level controller positions at an FAA-designated Collegiate Training Initiative School.

About the Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management

The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management at Embry‑Riddle prepares graduates for a thrilling career in air traffic control. One of just a small number of universities granted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designation as a Collegiate Training Initiative School, Embry‑Riddle’s air traffic control program is taught by passionate, knowledgeable professors who have held positions as air traffic controllers themselves. 

The air traffic controller degree equips you with the essential knowledge and foundation required to enter the FAA Academy. Through a formal partnership agreement with the FAA, Embry-Riddle consistently meets and exceeds FAA demands and standards. Our graduates consistently excel at the FAA Academy each year, a testament to the high quality of education and experience they receive at Embry-Riddle. 

Student Learning Outcomes

What you will learn while studying in the air traffic controller program:   

  • Comprehend Air Traffic Control operations pertinent to aircraft
  • Ability to understand radar separation of aircraft
  • Interpret Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP), Departure Procedure (DP) and Standard Arrival Route (STAR) Charts
  • Skills in radar separation procedures, airspace protection, speed adjustments and vectoring techniques
  • Knowledge of basic VFR Control Tower operations, including duties and responsibilities  

Air Traffic Management Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Embry-Riddle graduates tend to secure roles as pilot operators, air traffic controllers, flight dispatchers and ground controllers, with a placement rate of 100% within a year of graduation. 

Students in the air traffic controller program often enter the industry through top companies such as: 

  • Raytheon
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • The Boeing Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • SAIC (Science Application International Corporation)

Air Traffic Management Salary Information

Air Traffic Controllers are some of the highest paid government employees, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a median annual salary of $129,750.