How To Become A Flight Attendant
Career Video: Flight Attendant
Anyone who has been on an airline flight knows more or less what a flight attendant does. Flight attendants are the customer service agents who ensure that airline passengers are comfortable and well looked after. They provide food and beverages during flight, and also make sure that everybody is comfortable.
Why Become A Flight Attendant
As far as customer service jobs go, flight attendant is one of the better paid ones. While most customer service agents make minimum wage, airline attendants can make a more comfortable living wage. Many of these jobs are part time, but still pay quite well. Even if you only work 20 hours a week (fairly typical hours for a flight attendant), you still can earn a median annual wage of $37,740. That is probably the main incentive to work in this position.
If you love adventure and sightseeing, you may also gravitate toward this profession because of the free travel opportunities for “stand by” travel. You have to choose destinations depending on availability, but you do get to see the world. If you have a family, they may also receive the same free travel benefits.
Flight Attendant Work Environment
As a flight attendant, you will be working on an airplane, communicating with crew members and passengers. Airline attendants may work full time or part time, but most average around 80 hours a month. You may work unusual and varying hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Two to three nights a week you may be away from home.
Flight Attendant Salary
If you become a flight attendant, odds are you will make pretty good money. Starting salaries may not be very high, but the median annual pay in 2010 was $37,740 per year—not bad for customer service, or for part time hours. You may eventually earn even more than that. Some flight attendants who have been in the business for a while make $75,000 or more each year.
Flight Attendant Career Outlook
Unfortunately, there is 0% growth in this field. In fact, there is actually a slight decrease in demand. Jobs are declining, and 200 jobs for flight attendants are expected to disappear between now and 2020. So that is a major drawback if you are considering this field.
Flight Attendant Degree
What kind of degree do you need to become a flight attendant? Most flight attendants can get started with a high school diploma or GED, along with work experience in the customer service field. If you are selected from your interview, you will have to complete a one-time training program provided by your airline. These programs cannot be duplicated, and must be taught by the airline in question. If you see schools claiming to offer these programs, they are generally fraudulent.