Airfield Operations Specialists

Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.

Median Annual Wage: $49,180

Education: Bachelor's degree (39%); Associate's degree (21%); High school diploma or equivalent (14%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Flight Follower; Airport Operations Officer; Operations Supervisor; Airport Operations Specialist; Airport Operations Manager; Airport Operations Coordinator; Operations Agent; Airport Duty Manager; Assistant Manager Airside Operations; Operations Coordinator

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  • Train operations staff.
  • Monitor the arrival, parking, refueling, loading, and departure of all aircraft.

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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