Flight attendants provide routine services and respond to emergencies to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers.
Flight attendants have variable work schedules, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, because airlines operate every day and some offer overnight flights. Attendants work in an aircraft and may be away from home several nights per week.
Flight attendants typically receive on-the-job training from their employer and must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The median annual wage for flight attendants was $59,050 in May 2020.
Employment of flight attendants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As airlines continue to replace smaller aircraft with new, larger planes that can accommodate a greater number of passengers, they will require more flight attendants on some routes to attend to passengers.