The typical work of an air traffic controller specialist (ATCS) involves a multitude of duties and collaboration between air traffic personnel, management, and support technicians. Flexible work hours, possible overtime, and rotating shifts are common among the ATCS community. The FAA management of ATCS employees and the union to provide a safe and effective working environment. Although its a difficult field, ATCS personnel work well and communicate openly during shifts and keep open communication with management on difficult work schedules, staffing needs, and shift availability.
Changing environments (never work the same situation twice), Fluctuating Traffic Volumes, Exciting/quick paced traffic situations
Rotating shift work (early, late, and overnight shifts), Difficult problem solving (requires a complex process--often quickly resolved), Large amounts of memorization