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Oz3l0t

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FAA
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38
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M98 Minneapolis Tracon
Line cook at a restaurant, followed by cable modem installer. Dropped out of college when I discovered beer, joined the AF with ATC in mind. Then FAA, center now TRACON (fo life!)
 

Robertb

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FAA
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432
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A80 Atlanta Tracon
Senior year of college and about to go to law school prior to joining the FAA. I was able to finish my Bachelors and stop studying for the LSAT.
 

sizziano

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215
It’s been a while since he told me, but from what I remember: start in the $60’s, 10 year scale to around $120 I believe. That’s just your base pay. They get extra pay for different things each month like having your dispatch cert. Flight benefits. The schedule was like 6 on, 2 off, 6 on, 6 off. That was kind of weird but seemed like it would be pretty nice. Don’t remember if there is a pension or not, but would guess not. Plenty of OT if you wanted it. Never got a chance to tour their ops center, but he sent me a picture and it looked really nice and modern as well.
I can confirm SWA dispatch HQ is very, very nice.
 

Gern Blanston

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I was a 3 time college dropout. Worked construction jobs, assembly line jobs and was delivering pizzas when I got hired. That was over thirty years ago. I made it through the unbelievable screening process at the time and just recently retired. Well worth it!!
 

Ianto Muir

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58
Ramp Tower at RDU International. Even with RDU tower here I had to drive the 3.5 hours to CLT for my MMPI-2.
 

echster

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71
It has been 20+ years since I started in the ATC career field, but here was my employment route: sports referee/umpire, college dropout, baker in a bread factory, joined the U.S. Army... and fast forward to today.
 

AM_4478

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20
I’ve been a Sales Operations Analyst for 11 years at a large international corporation. Staring at excel spreadsheets and keeping the peace among thousands of sales reps worldwide lol
 

AM_4478

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It’s been a while since he told me, but from what I remember: start in the $60’s, 10 year scale to around $120 I believe. That’s just your base pay. They get extra pay for different things each month like having your dispatch cert. Flight benefits. The schedule was like 6 on, 2 off, 6 on, 6 off. That was kind of weird but seemed like it would be pretty nice. Don’t remember if there is a pension or not, but would guess not. Plenty of OT if you wanted it. Never got a chance to tour their ops center, but he sent me a picture and it looked really nice and modern as well.
So guess this is a good alternative if someone washes out of the academy? Just did a quick google and saw that most airline dispatch jobs require you to get the FAA certificate, which seems to take only a few weeks and about $5k.
 

ajmezz

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So guess this is a good alternative if someone washes out of the academy? Just did a quick google and saw that most airline dispatch jobs require you to get the FAA certificate, which seems to take only a few weeks and about $5k.
Yeah, it’s a good backup plan for sure. I got mine 5 years ago while waiting on atc to pan out. You’d have to work your way up through the ranks via a regional, which usually doesn’t pay that great, but it gets you experience. You could also look into companies like Rockwell Collins and get a job as a flight coordinator. They might even pay for your dispatch cert still.
 

Rjb301

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FAA
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14
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OMA Eppley Tower
Coldstone, motorcycle mechanic, garbage truck mechanic/welder, Marine Corps ATC, Therapeutic Program Worker at a behavioral hospital (the WORST job I have ever done), and then FAA.
 
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