The hustle and bustle of getting through security and catching a flight on time can create anxiety for many travelers. Skilled and highly personable flight attendants ease this travel anxiety and make flying a pleasant experience for passengers. Flight attendant jobs are open to anyone with a high school diploma, superior customer service skills, and a sense of wanderlust.
As a flight attendant, your job is twofold: You'll ensure that safety regulations are followed, and you'll assist passengers. Specifically, you'll instruct passengers on how to use safety equipment such as oxygen masks and seatbelts, evacuate aircraft during emergency situations, assist passengers with carry-ons, serve food and beverages, and keep passengers updated on turbulence and expected landing times. And the numbers indicate that these skills will be in high demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17% increase in new flight attendant jobs over the next 10 years.
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While you usually only need a high school diploma to get hired as a flight attendant, some airlines prefer candidates who have a college degree. Flight attendants may earn undergraduate degrees in hospitality, tourism, or a related area of study.
In addition to receiving your diploma or degree, you must get certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shortly after you're hired by an airline. If you're going to work on different types of passenger aircraft—such as the Boeing 747, Boeing 777, or Boeing 737—you'll need to receive training and pass an exam about each one.
Aside from meeting the training requirements, airlines look for the following skills and qualities in prospective flight attendants:
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After you've scheduled an interview with a potential employer, you're not on board just yet. The interview process gives your employer an opportunity to see if you're the right fit for the job. To prepare yourself for any and all questions interviewers could throw at you, peruse our list of commonly asked interview questions. You'll get tips for how to respond to even the most difficult of questions with confidence.
Not sure how much you can expect to earn as a flight attendant? The median salary for flight attendants in the U.S. is $18.14 per hour, but pay often fluctuates by experience and location. Monster's Salary Guide allows you to search for the median salary for flight attendant in your area. It also lists potential next steps in your career and U.S. metro areas with the highest demand for flight attendants.
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