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Last year’s median salary for an air traffic control specialist was $127,805.

July 07, 2017

If you are fascinated by aviation and want to get paid to watch airplanes take flight all day (plus do some other stuff, too), your dream job has quite a few openings.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it is looking to hire 1,400 new air traffic controllers.

The position is only open to people under the age of 31 who are citizens of the United States. Applicants must pass a medical examination and security investigation before they are offered the job. If accepted, they must be willing to relocate where the FAA requires.

Trainees will spend their first months on the job training at a facility in Oklahoma City before transferring to their final location.

Once on the job, air traffic controllers will be responsible for “controlling and separating live air traffic within designated airspace at and around an air traffic control tower or radar approach control facility,” according to the job listing.

Last year’s median salary for an air traffic control specialist was $127,805. Benefits include all those typically associated with a federal government job, including healthcare, a retirement savings, and a minimum of 23 days paid time off — so you can actually jet off in an airplane sometimes.

The application period will remain open through Friday, July 14. Dust off your resume, call up your old references and get your best interview outfit ready.

Those interested can apply on the federal government’s hiring website.

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