- I'm an OTS applicant. Assuming I graduate from the academy and become certified, will I be effectively limited to smaller Terminal facilities? In other words, what are the major factors that cause are some people to work at level 4 terminals and others at level 10 terminals?
- It's my understanding that all Enroute centers are level 10 or above. After graduating from the academy/becoming certified, does an OTS academy graduate have a realistic chance at getting a job at this level?
- Where is the FAA more short staffed (Terminal or Enroute)?
- Are there negative repercussions to stating a preference?
- Which career path has more burnout?
- How does the "up or out" policy affect each area?
- While its possible to switch careers, it's essentially the same as starting over. Does anyone have any experience with this?
- Dumb question: Will the Enroute career survive next-generation ATC technology? The job responsibilities in Enroute seem straightforward when compared to Terminal. Am I way off base here?
I know these questions are a little jumbled--if you have thoughts on one or all of them, please respond. I find it odd that the FAA wants a career preference so early in the process. Thanks.