Flight attendants provide routine services and respond to emergencies to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers.
Flight attendants work evenings, weekends, and holidays, because airlines operate every day and have overnight flights. Attendants work in aircraft and may be away from home several nights per week. Most have variable schedules.
Flight attendants receive initial training from their employer and must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Although flight attendants must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent, some airlines prefer to hire applicants who have taken some college courses. Prospective flight attendants typically need previous work experience in customer service. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be eligible to work in the United States, have a valid passport, and pass a background check and drug test.
The median annual wage for flight attendants was $44,860 in May 2015.
Employment of flight attendants is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for applicants with a college degree.
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