Airfield Operations Specialist

Airfield Operations Specialist
Airport worker on airfield by airplane.
Airfield Operations Specialist duties ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. They coordinate activities between air traffic control and maintenance personnel.

About the Career

Airfield operations specialists are essential to ensure airport ground and airside activities are conducted safely and efficiently. Those in this career can expect to work in a fast paced environment while conducting the majority of work duties outside.

On the job you will:

  • Monitor the arrival, parking, refueling, loading, and departure of all aircraft
  • Plan and coordinate airfield construction
  • Coordinate with agencies such as air traffic control, civil engineers, and command posts to ensure support of airfield management activities, including mobile airfield management functions
  • Maintain air-to-ground and point-to-point radio contact with aircraft commanders
  • Train operations staff
  • Relay departure, arrival, delay, aircraft and airfield status, and other pertinent information to upline controlling agencies
  • Procure, produce, and provide information on the safe operation of aircraft, such as flight planning publications, operations publications, charts and maps, and weather information
  • Implement airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation



Average Salary: $56,790
Salary Range: $34,510 - $134,420
Education: High School Degree or Equivalent
Outlook: Good (1% - 10% growth)
Total Jobs (2024)1,140

Education and Training

A high school diploma is a minimum but most employers require airfield operations specialists to have at least an associate’s degree, related work experience, or a combination of both. Universities, community colleges, and technical schools offer degrees and certificates in aviation. Degree programs such as aviation technology and aviation management include classes in aviation law, weather, aviation safety, and airport management and aircraft systems.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Active Listening
Critical Thinking
Complex Problem Solving