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Transportation Officers and Controllers

What they do?

Air pilots fly aircraft, including helicopters.

A. Flight engineers monitor aircraft functions and may assist in flying aircraft.

B. Flying instructors teach flying techniques and ground school subjects to student pilots, and train licensed pilots for additional certification.

C. Air traffic controllers manage the flow of air traffic in the air and on the ground. They specialize in one of two areas: controlling aircraft during the enroute portion of their flight or directing departing, landing and taxiing aircraft at an airport.

D. Flight dispatchers authorize flights over assigned routes.

E. Deck officers operate ships and other vessels and supervise deck crew activities.

F. Engineer officers operate and maintain vessels' main engines/equipment and supervise engine room crew activities.

Where they find work?

1. Transportation and warehousing - 79.0%
2. Public administration - 8.0%
3. Educational services - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be a transportation officer or controller, you usually need a high school diploma and specialized training in your area of transportation.

2. You may need certification or a special licence such as pilot's, air traffic control or radio licence.

3. You may need training, special certificates, and endorsements from Transport Canada.

4. To be a transportation officer or controller who works on ships and other vessels, you must usually complete a cadet program at a nautical or marine training institute or have several years' experience.

5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 3 in 10 have a undergraduate university degree.

6. To be air traffic controller and flight services specialists, you usually need a high school diploma and specialized training provided by NAV Canada or the Canadian Forces.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Geography
4. Computer-related courses

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Transportation Officers and Controllers is $27.22/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Transportation Officers and Controllers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Transportation Officers and Controllers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

4% of Transportation Officers and Controllers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Transportation Officers and Controllers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Transportation Officers and Controllers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Transportation Officers and Controllers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($27.22) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

4. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average with demand stimulated by a stronger airline industry based on restructuring and passengers' renewed confidence in travel.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Transportation Officers and Controllers are found in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland while the lowest concentrations are in Quebec and Saskatchewan .

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (61%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Report writing

2. Supervisory experience

Part Time Workers

Transportation Officers and Controllers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


15% of Transportation Officers and Controllers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 25,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 6% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Transportation Officers and Controllers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The older-than-average age (43) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Transportation Officers and Controllers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 6% of Transportation Officers and Controllers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Transportation Officers and Controllers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


9% of the individuals employed as Transportation Officers and Controllers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.