Would you like to travel all over the world? Are you good with people, and enjoy creating a trustful environment for others? Then you might have what it takes to become a flight attendant.
In this article we will look at how you can become a flight attendant, explain what a flight attendant does, and answer common questions like:
- How much does flight attendants make a year?
- How long does it take to become a flight attendant?
- What are the requirements?
- Is it hard to become a flight attendant?
What is the job of a flight attendant?
A flight attendant, also sometimes referred to as a stewardess, performs the following activities as part of his or her job:
- Serves meals and drinks for passengers in the plane cabin
- Instructs on safety and procedures and adheres to these
- Is responsible for safety in the cabin
- Communicates with customers about their wishes and needs
- Works in cooperation with other flight attendants, the pilot, mechanics and other officials around the plane
- Has great travel perks and enjoys staying in many countries and cities around the world as part of the company itinerary
A flight attendant is employed by the airline, and often means working long hours and changing shifts. The average salary for a flight attendant is 40-50.000$ a year depending on experience.
How to become a flight attendant
To become a flight attendant you need to be employed by an airline and the complete a formal training program. There is not a formal education you can take, but rather you will get on-the-job training.
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The requirements are :
- Height from 4’11 to 6’4 (airline requirements might vary slightly)
- Be at least 19 years old
- No visible tattoos
- Have a clean criminal background or at least no felonies
- Be in good physical health, and not overweight
You should then get hired by an airline
- Many airlines require at least a high school / GED diploma degree
- Some will prefer candidates with college degrees (at least associate or bachelors in communication, tourism or similar), however this is not a requirement to be considered.
- Related work experience also makes a difference, such as from hotel, communication, tourism or travel
- You can try to get an edge with a cabin crew school (not required)
- You must then complete the airline-provided flight attendant training program, where you will learn about job duties, flight regulations, company standard, emergency training and take practice flights. It takes 3-6 weeks.
- After finished then employer-sponsored training, you can apply and obtain a certificate of demonstrated proficiency required for each type of aircraft
- Annual training is required to keep the certificate valid.
With seniority and experience, you will be able to advance and bid on new opportunities and advancements within the airline or change job in the industry.
A career as a flight attendant will also give you other opportunities in travel or tourism.
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