Airport personnel are generally considered to be those who work primarily for the airport at which they work, or for companies which operate within the airport facilities, mainly the terminals or their associated facilities and whose aviation job encompasses airport or airfield services.
Air traffic control, ground handling, airport facilities maintenance, airline check-in, terminal shops and boutiques and the ever increasing airport security are just a few of the services which require aviation personnel and are considered to be aviation support.
Some airport jobs require little or no aviation training and jobs can be acquired possessing standard academic qualifications. Some airport jobs such as air traffic controllers require professional qualifications and specialised aviation training. Aviation ground support companies employ bus drivers, truck drivers, fork lift operators, motor mechanics, cleaners and many others. Airport operators also employ medical teams, trained carers for special needs assistance. Airport emergency services including police, fire crews and paramedics provide aviation careers.