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Fly the Friendly Skies as a Flight Attendant

Updated on August 21, 2015

Ever wish you could trade in a boring, mundane day job for one that offers excitement, adventure and a whole lot of fun? If you don’t mind working at 35,000 feet, earning a flight attendant’s wings just might be the solution you seek for the career blues.

Becoming a flight attendant might not be right for everyone, but those who possess certain traits find this field challenging, rewarding and well worth every bit of effort it takes to break into this profession. Successful flight attendants can also find themselves earning as much as $90,000 a year, which makes this high-flying career especially attractive to those with a desire to serve.

So, what trait, training and skills do you need to become a flight attendant? Here are just a few:


A willingness to serve others:

One of a flight attendant’s main jobs is to serve passengers onboard a plane to make sure they are comfortable during transit. Flight attendants are their company’s frontline customer service team, providing passengers with the care they need before, during and right after a flight. In order to excel in this portion of a job, a flight attendant must have the ability to effectively and courteously serve others.

A strong ability to communicate:

A flight attendant is more than an airborne waiter or waitress. Professionals in this field are also responsible for helping ensure passengers understand proper safety procedures and that any special needs that may arise during flight are cared for. Inasmuch, having a keen ability to communicate with people from all walks of life is vital.

Ability to handle high-pressure and crisis situations:

While most flights are completed without a single glitch, situations sometimes do arise during transit. Whether it’s a medical emergency that requires immediate action on the part of the crew or an issue with a plane that raises passenger alarm, it’s a flight attendant’s job to facilitate crisis communications to keep everyone onboard a plane safe and reasonably calm. With this in mind, a flight attendant must have the ability to remain calm under pressure while helping lead and comfort others.

A passion for travel and a willingness to leave home overnight

The very nature of a flight attendant’s job means that making it home at 6 p.m. every evening just isn’t likely. Flight attendants might find themselves traveling far from home during a shift and unable to return to their home airport for several days on end.

Flight attendants must also be compassionate, friendly and possess leadership skills. They cannot be afraid to speak in front of crowds and being able to command an audience is also important. Breaking into this field also requires training. There are specialized educational programs meant for flight attendants. Even with the proper credentials, airlines will also expect new hires to complete their own in-house training programs.

Ready to explore what it takes to become a flight attendant? If so, be sure to stop by for step-by-step information on how to break into this rewarding field.

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