Careers On Their Way Out (And What's Here to Stay) - Yahoo! Education
Career #4: Air Traffic Controller
Do you get a rush when thinking on your feet or making split decisions? Pursuing a job as an air traffic controller could be the right fit for you. There's just one big problem: This career seems to be going the way of the buffalo.
Why It's Declining: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, due in part to federal budget constraints limiting the hiring of new controllers, the career is expected to decrease by 3 percent, roughly 800 workers, by 2020. If you think that doesn't affect your odds much, consider the fact there were only 27,000 total air traffic controllers employed in 2010.
But technological advances play a role here, too, says Ragan. "Air traffic controllers certainly will lose some positions as the industry experiences some automation over time," he says. Essentially, better tools will enable single controllers to monitor more air traffic successfully