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Career Investigation

Flight Attendance
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Tabitha Kenyanya

on 31 May 2011

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT JOB DESCRIPTION Flight attendants primary responsibility is to make sure safety regulations on airplanes are followed. They also do what they can to make sure passengers are comfortable during their flights. Employment of flight attendants is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2018. There is a lot of competition for jobs as there are more job candidates than there are positions available. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES Attend a safety briefing with the pilots They must monitor the cabin for any unusual smells or situations. Assist with the loading of carry-on baggage, checking for weight, size and dangerous goods. They then must do a safety demonstration or monitor passengers as they watch a safety video. They then must "secure the cabin" ensuring tray tables are stowed, seats are in their upright positions, armrests down and carry ons stowed correctly and seat belts fastened prior to takeoff. All the service between boarding and take-off is called Pre -Take off Service. QUALIFICATIONS Every airline requires that you have a high school degree or Government Equivalency Degree (G.E.D) A recent study shows that over one-half of all flight attendants hired have at least one year of college under their belt, and over one-third have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Customer Service Experience Language Skills Citizenship Every major airline requires that you be willing to relocate to any of the listed flight attendant domiciles. Airlines are very particular about hiring individuals who have a neat and attractive appearance. Every airline administers a company physical examination to every new-hire. Thorough background check. ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITES When formal training is completed, new flight attendants are placed on reserve status where they could remain for at least one year, but as many as five to 10 years. This means they work when called upon to fill in for absent or vacationing flight attendants or on extra flights. After being on reserve status, flight attendants bid for regular assignments, and generally get their choices based on seniority. Because flight attendants remain in their jobs for a longer period than in the past, advancement takes more time. A Day in a Flight Attendant's Life Get briefed by the captain on emergency evacuation procedures, coordination of the crew, the length of the flight, expected weather conditions, and special issues having to do with passengers. Check the passenger cabin to make sure there are adequate supplies of food, beverages, and blankets Greet passengers as they enter the plane, check their tickets, and tell them where to store their coats and carry-on bags Help passengers in the event of an emergency Distribute blankets, pillows, and reading material Take inventory of headsets, alcoholic beverages, and money collected prior to landing Help those needing assistance JOB OUTLOOK Employment of flight attendants is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2018. There is a lot of competition for jobs as there are more job candidates than there are positions available. SALARY According to data from the Association of Flight Attendants, beginning attendants had median earnings of $16,191 a year in 2009. Median annual wages of flight attendants were $35,930 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,420 and $49,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,350. Why I see myself in the Industry? I have been flying since I was a baby, and have always loved to travel this industry gives me the opportunity to fly and travel as much as I want. The opportunities given in this industry are amazing. Though the pay isn't as great, but my love for flying is greater than the pay. If given this opportunity, I would take it in a heartbeat. Another thing that I love about it is that I get to meet new people everyday and I'm able to interact with someone new and learn something new each and everyday I'm at work. How Omni Experience will help me? Omni opened my mind to new experiences that I would need in the airline industry. The experience was amazing and the front desk really helped with the skills I would need in the Airline industry.
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