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Flight Attendants

Flight Attendants
Quick Facts : Flight Attendants*
2010 Median Pay$37,740
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201290,500
Job Outlook0% (Little or no change)
Employment Change-200

Flight attendants provide personal services to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers. Federal law mandates that flight attendants provide safety instructions. A flight attendant?s most important responsibility, however, is to help passengers in the event of an emergency.

What Flight Attendants Do

  • Attend preflight briefings on details of the flight
  • Ensure that adequate supplies of refreshments and emergency equipment are on board
  • Demonstrate the use of emergency equipment
  • Serve, and sometimes sell, beverages, meals, or snacks
  • Take care of passengers' needs and direct them in case of emergency

Work Environment

Because airlines operate around the clock, flight attendants work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Attendants may be away from home two to three nights per week. Most have variable schedules.
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Job Outlook

Employment of flight attendants is projected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020.
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The average salary of flight attendants was $37,740 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Flight Attendants

Flight attendants receive initial training from their employer and must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A high school diploma or equivalent is required, but airlines increasingly prefer to hire applicants who have a college degree.
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