Communication is a vital part of these jobs. Air traffic controllers are trained to focus on the exact words pilots and other controllers speak. Commercial airlines pilots need to ensure all information on the route, passengers and controllers received, because a single misunderstanding can have tragic consequences.
Next, the responsibilities of both jobs are similar. Air traffic controllers are responsible for the safety of aircraft; they analyze factors such as weather and fuel requirements, they alert the airport to emergencies and inspect and control radio equipment and airport lights. Similarly, commercial airline pilots are responsible for the passengers and coworker safety. They also analyze the weather, plan the route to be taken and ensure they have the correct amount of fuel required. They have to react quickly and appropriately to changes and emergencies.
Finally, the working hours are variable in these jobs. Air traffic controllers work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays because is a twenty four hour, three hundred sixty five day days a year job. Commercial airlines pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home, because some flights are overnight, and as the same as air traffic controllers they work on weekends and holidays.
In conclusion, these jobs are really stressful because they are mentally challenging and they have a great responsibility taking care of the lives of thousands of people.