Also known as Airport Operations Coordinator, Airport Operations Officer, Airport Operations Specialist, Flight Follower, Operations Agent, Operations Coordinator
Also known as Airport Operations Coordinator, Airport Operations Officer, Airport Operations Specialist
Airfield Operations Specialists ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft.
In addition, Airfield Operations Specialists duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel, dispatching, using airfield landing and navigational aids, implementing airfield safety procedures, monitoring and maintaining flight records, and applying knowledge of weather information.
Airfield Operations Specialists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Airfield Operations Specialists. More generally, Airfield Operations Specialists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Airfield Operations Specialist is $51,330, and the average salary is $58,360. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Airfield Operations Specialist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Airfield Operations Specialists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Airfield Operations Specialists earn less than $28,660 per year, 25% earn less than $35,530, 75% earn less than $74,430, and 90% earn less than $98,770.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Airfield Operations Specialists is expected to change by 12.5%, and there should be roughly 1,200 open positions for Airfield Operations Specialists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Airfield Operations Specialist are usually higher in their Enterprising and Conventional interests.
Airfield Operations Specialists typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Airfield Operations Specialists typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Airfield Operations Specialist tend to value Support, Independence, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Airfield Operations Specialists very strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Airfield Operations Specialists moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Airfield Operations Specialists moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Airfield Operations Specialists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Airfield Operations Specialists, ranked by importance:
Airfield Operations Specialists often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Airfield Operations Specialists usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Airfield Operations Specialists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as public safety and security, transportation, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Airfield Operations Specialists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Airfield Operations Specialists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Airfield Operations Specialists need abilities such as problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Airfield Operations Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Airfield Operations Specialists frequently use skills like active listening, monitoring, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Airfield Operations Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
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