Studies of the Next Generation of Air Traffic Control Specialists II: Job and Career Expectations

This study compared the job expectations of two cohorts of air traffic controllers, one hired in the period 1986–1992 (“Post-Strike” controllers; N=13,227) and the other hired in the period 2007–2014 (“Next Generation” controllers; N=5,622). Job expectations were compared using Z-tests for independent proportions on data collected during their initial training at the FAA Academy. Overall, the Next Generation controllers had much higher expectations than Post-Strike controllers on eight factors (e.g., expect to be challenged by job, expect job to provide good pay, benefits, job security, and opportunity for advancement). However, a smaller proportion of Next Generation controllers expected the job to be equally challenging five years from entry on duty compared to Post-Strike controllers. Despite the differences in proportions, examination of a cross-plot of expectations found the two generational cohorts were more similar than different. These results and those of a previous study by Cannon and Broach (2011) show that the two generations of controllers have similar motivations for and expectations of their employment. Longitudinal research assessing the degree to which initial job and career expectations of the controllers have or have not been met is suggested.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p

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  • Accession Number: 01602600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FAA/AM-16/4
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 3:46PM