Flight Attendants, formerly known as Stewards and Stewardesses, are responsible for ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of passengers onboard a flight. They often work long hours and spend quite a bit of time away from home. Many men and women working in this industry live close to the headquarters or hub of one company and work on flights departing from that hub. Flight Attendants typically spend several nights each week away from home, and their schedules change with each passing week. Many attendants fly into one location, stay the night and depart on a second flight the following day.
The amount of experience required for Flight Attendant jobs depend on the airline. While many airlines only require that applicants have a high school diploma or a GED, other airlines ask that applicants have a college degree in human resources, business or a similar topic. All applicants must also agree to an extensive background check and be at least 18 years old. Those who pass the background check will receive job training from the airline. The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible for certifying applicants before they take their first flight. Many airlines look for applicants with a strong background in customer service.
Hospitality Flight Attendant Job Market
According to statistical data, Flight Attendant jobs are on a steep decline. Experts predict that the number of available positions will decline 7 percent by 2022, which represents a loss of more than 5,000 jobs. This likely relates to the American recession and a high unemployment rate that keeps people from traveling. Other similar positions with a better job outlook include Cruise Line Representatives, Hosts and Hostesses and Personal Care Workers.
Hospitality Flight Attendant Salary
Flight Attendants working in the United States make a median salary of $36,000 a year. The lowest wage earners make less than $20,000 a year while the top wage earners in the industry make $97,000 a year. Those making the most money are typically those with several years of experience working for the same company.