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Do you like to travel by air? Do you enjoy providing assistance to others? If so, a career as a flight attendant might be for you. Read on to learn more about the career.

Is Becoming a Flight Attendant for Me?

Flight attendants are a vital part of air travel because they ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers. As a flight attendant, you can work on both commercial and private airplanes. You might also be known as an airline stewardess or airline steward. Your typical duties include greeting passengers as they board and deplane, serving food and beverages, ensuring compliance with federal safety regulations, guaranteeing cabin cleanliness and attending to other passenger needs. You must be familiar with emergency procedures and federal aviation regulations to work as a flight attendant.

If you're interested in becoming a flight attendant, you must possess a minimum of a high school education, although college education is preferred among many employers. Upon gaining experience as a flight attendant, you might eventually become a lead flight attendant or first flight attendant, also known as a purser. You might even move onto becoming base manager, manager of in-flight operation or even vice-president of in-flight operations.

To work as a flight attendant, you'll need to pass a background check, complete a vision test and pass a medical exam. You'll also need to demonstrate that you can work well under pressure. You should be personable and clean-cut. Some airlines might have other requirements, such as age or height. You should prepare to work irregular hours and be open to relocating.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of flight attendant aspirants outweighed the number of job openings, creating strong competition in the field. (www.bls.gov). Employment opportunities for flight attendants are projected to increase eight percent from 2008-2018. In May 2010, the BLS reported that flight attendants earned an average annual salary of $41,630.

How Do I Become a Flight Attendant?

An undergraduate degree in hospitality, travel and tourism, such as an associate degree in travel and hospitality management or a bachelor's degree in hospitality management or a related field, may be advantageous for you if you are an aspiring flight attendant. Although a limited number of schools offer flight attendant training programs, completion of such programs is not necessary to begin your career because commercial airlines commonly provide training programs for new employees. Upon successful completion of the training program, you are then eligible to apply for a certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You must hold a FAA Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency in order to work as flight attendant.

If you choose to enroll in a college program specifically geared towards flight attendants, offerings typically range from flight attendant certificates to flight attendant or aviation associate degrees. You can find these at 2-year and 4-year educational institutions. Studies might include customer service, security and airline procedures. You may also learn how to respond in emergency situations and learn self-protection techniques. You'll also learn about different traveling spots and ethnic travels.

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