FAA seeks controller candidates

The Federal Aviation Administration, which plans to hire The Federal Aviation Administration, which plans to hire and train 10,000 air traffic controllers nationwide in the next decade, is accepting applications and hosting an online career fair Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. This air traffic controller was working in a tower at Kennedy Airport on Jan. 26, 2012. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

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The Federal Aviation Administration, which plans to hire and train 10,000 air traffic controllers nationwide in the next decade, is accepting applications and hosting an online career fair Wednesday.

Recruiters are available between 12-4 p.m. for live chats. Those interested can register at http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/network/registration/5492#.

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These jobs -- open to the public -- don't require specialized technical degree or previous aviation work experience. The FAA will train qualified applicants.

Starting salaries range from $20,527 to $27,942 a year and candidates who complete the training must work at one of the 315 facilities nationwide where the FAA needs staffing. The median annual salary for 2012 was $122,530.

Prospective applicants must be United States citizens and younger than 31 years old when entering the FAA Academy.

In the next five years, the FAA plans to hire 6,200 new air traffic controllers.

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