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Flight Attendant
“Come fly with me !”
Ensure that security and safety regulations of flights are followed and try to make flights comfortable and enjoyable for passengers.
The Job
Before the plane takes off, flight attendants instruct all passengers in the use of emergency equipment. Flight attendants also answer questions about the flight; distribute reading material, pillows, and blankets; and help small children, elderly or disabled persons, and any others needing assistance. They may administer first aid to passengers who become ill. Flight attendants generally serve beverages and other refreshments and, on many flights, especially international, heat and distribute precooked meals or snacks. Flight attendants may be away from their home base at least one-third of the time. During this period, the airlines provide hotel accommodations and an allowance for meal expenses.
Work Environment
Flight attendants may be away from their home base at least one-third of the time. During this period, the airlines provide hotel accommodations and an allowance for meal expenses.
College Majors
Minimum Qualifications
Flight attendants must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Airlines prefer to hire poised, tactful, and resourceful people who can interact comfortably with strangers and remain calm under duress.
Quick Facts
  • Job duties are learned through formal on-the-job training at a flight training center.
  • Thorough background checks are required.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of flight attendants were $35,930 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,420 and $49,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,350.
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