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Flight Attendant Jobs - How To Become A Highly Paid Flight Attendant

Updated on March 28, 2012

A career full of challenges and adventure.


EDUCATION

Airlines today tend to hire those with some post secondary education, preferably those with graduate degrees. If you are interested in a career as a flight attendant, and are still in High School, get all the experience you can interacting with other people. Volunteer in your community and join groups where you may be able to take a leadership roll. Concentrate on courses in First Aid, English, History, Psychology and Politics. A second or third language is a great asset to have as a flight attendant.

Flight Attendant Training courses are essential to obtain a job in this competitive field. The Airline that hires you will train you in the use of their specific safety equipment as well as emergency and evacuation procedures.


CHALLENGES

Flight Attendants must have good communication skills, be in good physical condition, and physically strong. They must have good eyesight and hearing.

Flight Attendants must be able to put the comfort and safety of their passengers ahead of their own. This is a caring profession for people who enjoy helping others.

Flight attendants must be mature individuals, able to work as part of a team and capable of remaining calm under the most stressful conditions. Flight Attendants must be prepared to fly in all kinds of weather and may be required to work long hours, weekends, as well as holidays. They often must work all night and must be ready to report for work with little notice. Flight Attendants may spend days away from home. In spite of the challenges, the work of Flight Attendants is both rewarding, and exciting.


WHAT DO FLIGHT ATTENDANTS DO?

Some people still think Flight Attendants are just attractive individuals who bring around snacks and pass out pillows. They do much more. Before passengers have boarded the plane, Flight Attendants meet for final instructions and check to see that all equipment on board is in order. As passengers board, Attendants help with luggage, answer questions and prepare to explain safety procedures.

During the flight, they may have to assist elderly and challenged passengers, reassure nervous passengers, deal with rowdy individuals, and generally see that the flight is an enjoyable one for everyone on board.

Sometimes Flight Attendants must deal with major emergencies such as illness and accident. In the event that evacuation becomes necessary, it is the Flight Attendants who must see that order is maintained and that everyone gets safely off the plane.

After the flight, Attendants again check equipment, and report any problems that may have occurred during the flight.


ADVANTAGES OF BECOMING A FLIGHT ATTENDANT

In addition to the obvious enjoyment gained from knowing that you are serving the public, Flight Attendants do have other advantages. Salaries are good and bonuses are available. There are free or highly subsidized flights for family members. There is good medical and dental insurance. With additional experience and training, Flight Attendants may potentially advance to supervisory or instructional positions.


BE AWARE

Flight Attendant jobs are considered very desirable to have so you may find there is considerable competition in the field. Make sure your character and qualifications are the best.






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    • billips profile imageAUTHOR

      billips 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for commenting Polly - being a flight attendant is a demanding career but also an exciting one - B.

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      Polly 

      6 years ago

      This sounds awesome !

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