About the Career
Airline companies are required by law to employ flight attendants for the safety and security of passengers; corporate flight attendants may work alone in a plane's cabin to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers. The primary job of any flight attendants is to keep passengers safe and to ensure passengers follow security regulations. Flight attendants also try to make flights comfortable and enjoyable for passengers.
On the job you will:
- Demonstrate the use of emergency equipment
- Direct passengers in case of emergency
- Attend preflight briefings with pilots and other crew
- Assess and inventory passenger cabins for adequate supplies and equipment
- Assist passengers with special needs
- Administer first aid to passengers if necessary
- Inform and reassure passengers to help ensure safety
Education and Training
A high school diploma or GED is the minimum educational requirement for becoming a flight attendant. However, airlines increasingly prefer to hire applicants who have a college degree. Applicants with a degree in hospitality, tourism, public relations, or communications may have an advantage over others. Most airlines also require 1 to 2 years of customer-service experience. Those who work on international flights may have to speak a foreign language fluently in addition to English.
Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.