Users in this career have rated it a 3.0 in terms of their own personal satisfaction with the career. This figure represents an average taken from the responses of 15 MyPlan.com users during registration.
Users were asked to rate their happiness in their current occupation as being either "Very Happy" (4), "Happy" (3), "Mixed / Neutral" (2), "Not Happy" (1), or "Miserable" (0).
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There are 625 users in this career group. They represent 10 different countries. You can see the list of users in this career group by clicking on one of the links below. You can also join this career group simply by selecting your current status and clicking "Add Me."
Think long and hard before you decide on becoming an ATC. It's a difficult and extremely stressful job, and very few people make it through the selection process. But if you do make it, it's also very rewarding and challenging. Much better than your typical desk job!
Training for this career is difficult as the standards for receiving certification are subjective, at best. Success depends on meeting the individual instructor's requirements - sometimes related to job performance, and sometimes related to external factors such as taking them out to the bar on a regular basis. The job itself is rather fun, however the training is a brutal waste of time, given that only 3-5% of students actually succeed in their training.
In the 18th and 19th century, hatmakers used poisionous chemicals including mercury in their work. As result, many developed pathological symptons -- an estimated 10% went insane. Hence the term "mad as a hatter" and Lewis Carroll's character, the Mad Hatter.
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