Flight Attendants

Flight Attendant Assists Passenger

Flight attendants are responsible for the safety and comfort of airline passengers from the initial boarding to disembarkment. They are trained to respond to emergencies and passenger illnesses. Flight attendants are required on almost all national and international commercial flights. There are approximately 108,510 flight attendants employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Provide for the safety and comfort of airline passengers; serve drinks and food; demonstrate safety procedures; assist passengers during emergencies
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Psychology
Experience Two years' experience in customer service helpful
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements U.S. airlines require flight attendants to be U.S. citizens with permanent resident status or valid work visas; generally applicants must be at least 18-21 years old and at least five feet, two inches tall
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Lead Flight Attendant or Instructor
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Attendant Trainee