Jobs As A Flight Attendant Are Possible

Available jobs as a Flight Attendant are always hotly sought after right around the world. Certainly the benefits of working in the aviation industry are many especially when compared to non-aviation industries.

Working as a flight attendant also sets you apart from the ‘routine mundane’ experienced by the normality of 9 to 5 workers because flying is a career that's busy, fulfilling, and-literally-fast paced!  There's nothing quite like that feeling you get when the thrust levers are pushed forward on take-off and you accelerate to 280km/hr and more before the plane lifts off the ground.

Come to think of it, reconnecting with Planet Earth at the end of the flight especially if it’s turbulent on approach to landing is also a buzz for me too. While turbulence can be dangerous especially low to the ground, light turbulence on approach for want of a better description is a little like a show ride with a little bit of zero gravity happening at times when you fly through the bumps. 

If this is the kind of work you could see yourself doing and would like to experience on a daily basis then start looking into jobs as a flight attendant on individual airline web sites, career web sites and aviation publications etc. Of course this web site will provide you with a lot of career information for jobs as a flight attendant with many of the popular airlines around the world complete with associated links to find out more such as whether you're qualified, how to land them, the job descriptions, and other company information such as route structure, airplanes of the fleet, work benefits etc.  

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again however and that is, flying isn't for everybody. Jobs are very competitive in the airline industry at all levels, because the lifestyle is brilliant, work is always interesting and the benefits are so good. If you've read about Southwest Airline's Rapping Flight Attendant (link right on this website) you probably saw that Southwest hired less than 1% of the people who applied for a job with them.  

If you've got a real desire to become a flight attendant, a keen competitive spirit, a willingness to learn all you need to and to never give up the jobs are available.  In the special 6 part report that I wrote titled (funnily enough) ‘Flight Attendant Careers’ I speak of a male person who applied 17 times over 12 years to become a flight attendant!  The good news is that he is now flying internationally and loving it. The bad but encouraging news is that it took 12 years to realize his dream!

Some more encouraging news for you is that the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics shows just under 100,000 jobs as a flight attendant nationwide for flight attendants in recent years, and that number is expected to grow by about 9% in the next eight years. Almost all of those jobs are working in the commercial network; only about 1% of all airline attendants work in the private sector.

And here's something else you can look forward to:  As the economy emerges from the global financial crisis and powers ahead, expect more jobs as a flight attendant to become available in the private sector. Imagine working as a flight attendant on corporate flights!  Keep an eye open for alternative careers in this venue.

Just what qualifications do you need to work as a flight attendant for a commercial airline?  Well, for starters, you've got to have a high school diploma or a GED. For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, that means you've completed Year 12. 

In days gone by, you could qualify for the job if you had the right personality and skill set, even if you hadn't quite finished your traditional schooling. But in these days of high competition, many applicants come equipped with college diplomas, degrees and apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields. If you've got some college classes under your belt, be certain to emphasize those relating to people skills-such as psychology, communications, nursing, education, or marketing classes.

With the many challenges facing the world these days with the terrorist crises, shrinking corporate expense accounts, fewer dollars to pay for vacations (or holidays down under) - people are taking extra care when they choose their airlines.  While people are driven by the dollar they also want service. Good airlines are responding by making certain they offer the customer service that will keep people coming back to their ticket gates! 

You really enhance your chances of landing a job if your past experiences prove that your people and customer service skills have been utilized and that you are a team player. Any jobs as a flight attendant will require you to routinely show a calm, friendly face to passengers and to wear a smile that is genuine and be able to work as a contributing team member even when you or they are tired or cranky. If you're the kind of person who can be poised, friendly, resourceful, and diplomatic even under trying conditions and circumstances then you'll have what it takes to make a great flight attendant.  

In the United States, jobs as a flight attendant or more correctly flight attendants have to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the UK the governing body is the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In Australia it is the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA). All newly hired airline attendants must spend between three and six weeks in a flight attendant training. The reason that the length of training time varies is in both the number of aircraft that you are required to be endorsed on and the service component of the airline that you join.

Certification or approval to fly however only comes when you show competency in Safety and Emergency Procedures (SEP’s) as set and required by FAA, CAA, CASA and other country of origin Aviation authorities.

 SEP’s include:

  • Emergency equipment operation and location
  • Fire Drills
  • Aircraft security – Hijack procedures
  • Emergency landing
  • Ditching
  • Unprepared emergency
  • Prepared emergency
  • Evacuation drills and duties
  • First Aid

Operationally, to go and apply for jobs as a flight attendant you've got to be calm and confident enough to deal with irate people and even possible hijackers.  It's true that some tests are designed to eliminate weak applicants and certainly those that aren’t team players.

This is covered extensively The Secrets of Flight Attendant Interviews 

It’s basically an inside look at group interviews and the activities that the Airlines use to expose your initiative, team work and communication abilities.

If you're fully prepared to undergo this fascinating training, however, you can make the cut and begin your new career. 

Another great aspect of jobs as a flight attendant is the possibility to advance in several directions.  You can progress from flight attendant to flight attendant ground or on-line trainer, Flight Attendant Base Manager of Team Leader, and Cabin Manager (among others), all of which come with supervision duties and management responsibilities and of course, a higher pay scale. 

Just what does this job pay, anyway?  It varies from airline to airline, and also depends on the area where you live. If you're bilingual, you can apply to fly on international flights where you would be the designated speaker of that particular flight and earn an extra allowance.  Some airlines start new flight attendants at salaries just under $20,000. The median pay range for an average flight attendant is about $36,000, and it can go as high as $50,000.  The top 10% of flight attendants earn as much as $65,000! The majority of attendant jobs are protected by unions, and the fees for membership vary. 

Do you have what it takes to be a flight attendant?  Answer these questions honestly:

  • Do you like helping people?
  • When people talk, do you pay attention to what they're saying?
  • Can you easily pick up on social cues that tell you when someone is upset, frightened, or ill?

As a Flight Attendant you’ll need to be good at reading people’s faces. Some of these expressions travel regularly! - (Author/Artist unknown)

  • When you give instructions or directions to someone, do they understand you easily?
  • In general, are you culturally aware and like all kinds of people?
  • Do you make a good team member?
  • Can you quickly make up your mind when faced with several choices?
  • Are you able to come up with suggestions for other people?
  • Have you ever worked with the public in any job?
  • Do you feel comfortable interacting with people one-on-one?

If you can truthfully answer yes to all of the above questions, then you've got a good grip on a great career choice and start looking for jobs as a Flight Attendant.

Remember be determined, learn and do what you have to do so that you too don’t waste 12 years to realize your dream!

More information on Flight Attendant jobs and career availability with every other airline on this web site (plus others) can be viewed via our facebook page from post to post as news becomes available.

You're also invited to view The Secrets of Flight Attendant Interviews 

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