Trainee Air Traffic Controllers

Curious about being an air traffic controller? It's an exciting and varied job, where you're at the heart of the action. Together with your colleagues, you will ensure that air traffic flows smoothly in Swedish airspace and guide pilots from all corners of the world in a safe, orderly and efficient manner.

Ensure the safe and efficient flow of air traffic

Air traffic control is a stimulating profession with plenty of responsibility and a focus on ensuring airspace safety. Together, we ensure that people travel from A to B safely and efficiently, with the least possible impact on the environment.

Aviation safety above all

The primary task of an air traffic controller is to ensure the safe and efficient flow of air traffic. Air traffic controllers are experts at "separating" traffic, i.e., separating the routes of aircraft so that they do not collide.

Flight safety is the foundation of all air traffic management. An air traffic controller has good multitasking skills and constantly cooperates with pilots, ground staff and other air traffic controllers. As an air traffic controller, you are constantly making decisions in a dynamic environment.

Take-off, landing and traffic at different altitudes

An air traffic controller works with civil and military traffic. There are three different types of air traffic control services. Air traffic controllers are responsible for aircraft taking off and landing and for the airspace nearest to the airport. Terminal control uses radar to direct traffic within 30 to 50 nautical miles of the airport, while area control directs traffic at high altitude.


To become an air traffic controller, you must meet the eligibility and medical requirements.

Eligibility requirements:

Upper secondary school diploma pursuant to the Education Act (2010:800) and the Act act on the Implementation of the Education Act (Lagen om införande av skollagen) (2010:801), with at least a passing grade in mathematics A/1, Swedish A/1, and English A/5.

Medical requirements:

  • In good health
  • Distance visual acuity, with or without correction, should be 6/9 (0.7) or better for each eye. Visual acuity with both eyes should be 6/6 (1.0) or better.
  • If correction is needed, the eye's refractive error must not exceed +5/-6 diopters in any meridian.
  • If you have undergone laser eye surgery, contact the Swedish Transport Agency/Aviation for more information.
  • Any certificates substantiating the applicant's test results must be no older than 3 months
  • Normal colour vision
  • Normal hearing

Got what it takes? Find out more at (in Swedish).