Employment of flight attendants is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. In an effort to keep planes full, airlines are expected to slow the expansion of additional flights and new routes.
However, many airlines are replacing smaller regional aircraft with new, larger planes that can accommodate a greater number of passengers. This change may increase the number of flight attendants needed on some routes.
Competition for jobs will remain strong because the occupation typically attracts many more applicants than there are job openings. When entry-level positions do become available, job prospects should be best for applicants with a college degree. Job opportunities may be slightly better at regional or low-cost airlines.
Most current job opportunities will come from the need to replace attendants who leave the workforce. Over the next decade, a number of flight attendants are expected to retire, creating opportunities for new workers.
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Air transportation workers
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program