During the next decade, 85 percent of the U.S. air traffic controllers who are currently working will be eligible for retirement. This correlates to approximately 14,000 open positions for new controllers to join the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management program at Embry-Riddle prepares graduates to fill those seats in a thrilling career in air traffic control. One of just a small number of colleges and universities granted FAA designation as a Collegiate Training Initiative school (and among the original cohort of 13), 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 Management program provides you with the knowledge and foundation designated for entry into the FAA Academy, where you’ll be integrated with others for additional air traffic control training. Because of the high quality of their education and experience, Embry-Riddle graduates always lead their classes at the FAA Academy.
The Air Traffic Management program at Embry-Riddle delivers fundamental traffic controller knowledge and competency through a mix of realistic lab simulations, classroom instruction, and computer-based learning.
Since Embry-Riddle has a formal partnership agreement with the FAA, be assured the curriculum and standards meet FAA demands and always exceed its expectations.Upon graduation, graduates emerge prepared for an entry-level air traffic controller position with the FAA or other entities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment categories in support of air transportation are expected to grow by 25 percent through 2022.
Students pursue a variety of co-ops and internships with airline, aviation, and air transportation companies focused on safety, training, operations, dispatch, and transportation.
This degree is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.
Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus air traffic management labs have added high-tech consoles and simulation software used in today’s air traffic control facilities, giving students a strong foundation when graduating and seeking employment with the FAA, the Department of Defense and commercial air traffic facilities.
The state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control (ATC) Laboratory at the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus is a real-world environment where Air Traffic Management majors can learn and practice critical communications and aircraft-handling skills required during the approach, landing, departure, and en route phases of air traffic control.
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