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Moderate decline in employment is expected for flight attendants through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Even in the best of times, finding employment as a flight attendant is highly competitive, and since some job restrictions at airlines have been abolished, the once high rate of turnover for flight attendants has declined. Most of the job openings through 2022 will arise from replacement of flight attendants who retire or transfer to other jobs. Regional and low-cost airlines may also offer better job opportunities for flight attendants. Students interested in this career will have a competitive advantage if they have at least two years of college and prior work experience in customer relations or public contact. Courses in business, psychology, sociology, geography, speech, communications, first aid and emergency medical techniques such as CPR, and knowledge of foreign languages and cultures will make the prospective flight attendant more attractive to the airlines.
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