The FAA is begining to recurite controllers.
You can read all about it HERE
Here is a little of what you’ll find there. In reality, it’s a good job. I would love to do it but I’m 33 know and to old to apply.
Duties: As a new air traffic control specialist, you will spend your first several weeks of employment in an intensive training program at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. While attending academy training you will be on a temporary appointment. Upon successful completion of the Academy initial training program and other employment requirements, you will continue your training at your assigned FAA facility on a permanent appointment at a salary of $39,073 including a locality payment of 20.97%. As a new controller you will receive pay increases as you successfully complete the progressive phases of controller training at your assigned facility with a potential to earn up to $55,767 - $77,149 depending upon the location. Terminal controllers control air traffic at airports and give pilots taxiing and takeoff instructions, air traffic clearances, and advice based on their own observations and information from the National Weather Service, Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs), flight service stations, pilots, and other sources. They transfer control of aircraft to the ARTCC controller when the aircraft leaves their airspace, and they receive control of aircraft coming into their airspace. Upon successfully completing training and passing all required evaluations established by the Air Traffic Organization you will be given a permanent appointments at a Terminal facility at Boston Logan Air Traffic Control Tower, Bedford Air Traffic Control Tower, or Cape TRACON at the appropriate pay level.
**Minimum Qualifications **: Prior experience or training in air traffic control is not required. You may qualify for this position on the basis of work experience, college education, or a combination of work experience and college credits. To qualify based upon work experience, interested individuals must have three years of progressively responsible experience that demonstrates the potential for learning and performing air traffic control work. Progressively responsible experience might include for example: an increase in leadership duties, working with less supervision, or an increase in financial responsibility. Progression of responsibility must be documented in detail on your application. You are encouraged to include any experience that is directly related to the air traffic control occupation. To qualify based upon education, applicants must have a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree. You may also qualify by combining your work experience and college credits; one year of undergraduate study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) is equivalent to 9 months of general work experience. The maximum entry age for these positions is 30 years of age i.e., you must be hired prior to reaching your 31st birthday. Individuals in these positions are covered by the air traffic controller special retirement program; air traffic control specialists are subject to mandatory separation at age 56. Successful candidates must be able to speak English clearly enough to be understood over radios, intercoms, and similar communications equipment.