The Federal Aviation Administration has announced a new round of hiring in a variety of aviation positions with the agency. To learn more and get yourself ready to apply, the FAA is holding a Virtual Career Fair this Wednesday, March 25 from noon to 4 pm Eastern Time. According to the FAA you will be able to view the types of jobs available and live chat with aviation career specialists. The link to sign up for the web fair is here.
Some career fields at the agency are well known, such as air traffic controllers. As I’ve reported in the past, the FAA is set to hire 10,000 controllers over the next decade, with more than 6,000 in the next five years. Some were hired last year but it is anticipated that additional hiring opportunities will be made available next week. Air traffic control jobs last year were open to the general public and did not require specific aviation training. This resulted in significant controversy as air traffic control college students in the past had received priority. [Disclosure I teach at Vaughn College which has an air traffic control program.] It is not clear at this time whether there will be any change in hiring based on criticisms from last year.
In addition to air traffic controllers, the FAA also employs specialized electronics technicians called technical operations specialists who “install, evaluate, maintain, modify and certify” facilities, services and equipment that support the national airspace system. This includes radar, weather and other electronic systems that assist controllers and pilots flying in the United States. Other jobs include aviation safety inspectors who generally have years of experience in aviation as pilots or mechanics. Information on these and other career fields is available on the FAA’s jobs website.
As with all federal jobs, you must apply through the government jobs website at https://faa.usajobs.gov/. In addition to any specific requirements, you must be a United States citizen and be able to pass a security background check.