North Texas is set to play a major role in growing one of aviation's most important and lucrative careers.
The Federal Aviation Administration forecasts a need to hire 17,000 air traffic controllers over the next 10 years.
On Dec. 17, Arlington-based Link Simulation & Training, a division of L-3 Communications, held a grand opening of its Air Traffic Control Academy.
The Academy, located in Denison, will begin training prospective controllers in January, 2009. Students will complete an intense 10 month course consisting of academic, simulation and on-the-job training.
Upon completion, graduates will receive certification as control tower operators. The on-the-job training will take place in the Link-operated control tower at the North Texas Regional Airport.
Academy graduates will have the opportunity to enter the nation's highest paying career not requiring a college degree. Bureau of Labor statistics indicate the average annual salary for air traffic controllers is $122,000.
Click here for more information about the program and for an application.