Flight Attendant

Career Overview

Flight attendants assist passengers on a plane by demonstrating the use of safety equipment, serving snacks during the flight, and providing direction during emergency situations.


Although to be a flight attendant only a high school diploma or equivalent is necessary, many airlines would favor someone who has at least taken some college courses. Degrees in hospitality, public relations, business, or communications would all likely help someone to get a job as a flight attendant. There may also be certain height/weight restrictions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$24,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Hospitality
  • Public Relations
Work Environment

Most flight attendants work for the major airline companies, but there are a few who work for corporations and chartered flight companies. Flight attendants are often required to sleep away from home and to work varied schedules including nights, weekends, and holidays. They are also required to do a fair amount of lifting and they spend a lot of time on their feet.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Generally, there are more people who want these than there are positions available.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada