Average annual salary: $114,460
Current employment: 23,580
Air traffic controllers regulate air traffic, managing the movement of aircraft between various altitudes and areas while following strict safety regulations.
Qualifications to be an air traffic controller include completing an air traffic management degree from a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified school, achieving a qualifying score on the FAA pre-employment test, and completing a training course at the FAA Academy, according to the BLS.
Those without previous air traffic control experience (military) must be younger than 31 to become an air traffic controller.
The highest concentration of air traffic controllers can be found in Alaska (1.86 per 1000 jobs), New Hampshire (0.84 per 1000 jobs), and New Mexico (0.57 per 1000 jobs).
Anchorage, Alaska has the highest concentration of air traffic controllers of any city in the U.S., according to the BLS, with 580 employees or 1.86 per 1000 jobs.
However, Alaska has one of the lowest annual salaries for this career at $96,270 which is far below the national average ($114,460).