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How to Become a Flight Attendant

The airlines industry offers multiple career opportunities. And if you have passion for serving people to make their journey one of the most enjoyable, you can always consider becoming a flight attendant. The career as a flight attendant is not only one of the most popular, but it also gives you great earning benefits. To make the most of your career, you need to be formally trained and competitive to land jobs. Below, we discuss about the job responsibilities, education and training required to become a flight attendant and the career prospects the occupation offers.

Job Responsibilities
The main role of flight attendants is to ensure that the passengers have a wonderful flight experience. The job of these professionals is not only profitable, but it also brings you challenges. Before the air journey begins, the attendants are first briefed on multiple issues. The pilot of the flight directs these professionals on key issues including emergency evacuation of passengers, weather conditions, flight duration and individual passenger needs among others.

The flight attendant is responsible for ensuring the complete safety of passengers while onboard. Before the plane takes off, these professionals check the passenger cabins and make sure all the safety equipment is in place. They make sure that the individual requirements of passengers are met. Whether it is the supply of food, beverages, pillows, blankets or other necessary essentials, attendants ensure that all these items are present on the flight in adequate quantity.

After all the passengers are on board the flight, attendants inform them about the appropriate use of equipment and about emergency procedures. During the entire duration of the flight, these professionals cater to the passengers’ needs so as to make their journeys enjoyable and comfortable. They are also geared up to provide first aid care in case a passenger requires it.

Training & Education

Candidates need to be high school graduates to kick start their career as flight attendants. Employers may prefer candidates who have completed their study in psychology. Today, several professional schools and colleges have also opened to provide training in flight attendance. By completing a course from a training school, you can increase your chances of landing jobs in the airlines industry. If you wish to be employed on foreign airlines, you need to know at least one or two foreign languages. Most of the airlines provide on the job training to newly hired candidates.

Job Skills
Apart from having formal training, candidates also need to possess some other skills including good health, 20/30 or better vision, excellent communication skills and capability to maintain calm under stressful conditions. Both men and women also need to meet the eligibility criteria (height, weight etc) for working as a flight attendant.

Job Outlook
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an employment growth as fast as the average of all occupations, from the year 2002 through to the year 2012. With the increase in population and expanding economy, job growth also increases. Since a lot of people are attracted towards this career, you may need to face stiff competition while landing jobs.

Annual Salary

The average annual income of a flight attendant is around $43,140. With growing experience and advanced training, you can earn an annual salary as high as $91,050.

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