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Have a passion for travel? Are you positive, social and outgoing? Pursuing a career as an air hostess or flight attendant will allow you to travel and socialize with people from around the country or even around the world. As an air hostess you spend at least one third of your time away from family and friends, traveling. You must cater to the needs of airline passengers, whether that be a drink or a blanket. You must also be prepared to ensure the safety of passengers in case of an emergency on the flight. In order to become an air hostess you must start with high school.
Graduate from high school. Airlines require that you at least have a high school diploma or GED.
Attend a four year college or university. Obtain a Bachelor's degree in communications, foreign languages, hospitality or travel and tourism. This is not mandatory but a college degree will give you a leg up up on your competition and it might teach you a foreign language, something that's required to work on international flights.
Enroll in a flight attendant training program. These programs are usually 12 weeks long and cost around $200. You can find programs like the Flight Institute's flight attendant training program (flightinstitute.com) by searching online. The classes are designed to train and enlighten air hostesses or flight attendants as to what they should expect while on the job. Taking part in a training program is not mandatory, but airlines do like candidates who have graduated from one and the programs can help you decide if this is the career path for you.
Apply for jobs at airlines. You can do this by searching job boards like Indeed (indeed.com) for flight attendant or air hostess jobs or you can go directly to airline websites. Once on the website go to "Careers" which will usually be at the bottom of the homepage. Then search for jobs through their search engine and apply as directed. Once you get a job offer and accept it, you must complete the airlines training program offered by your airline.
Complete the FAA or the Federal Aviation Administration certification. The airline training program will prepare you for this, including emergency medical training and evacuation procedure training.
2016 Salary Information for Flight Attendants
Flight attendants earned a median annual salary of $48,500 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, flight attendants earned a 25th percentile salary of $39,860, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $62,490, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 116,600 people were employed in the U.S. as flight attendants.
- Before the employer assigns you, talk to them about your preference in terms of geographical locations where you would like to work. Continue improving your people skills more and more for a successful career. Also find opportunities to attend conferences and seminars organized by the airlines industry.
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