Flight attendants provide onboard service to aircraft passengers and ensure the observance of airline safety procedures.
You can work as a flight attendant without formal qualifications. Entry requirements may vary, but the major airlines generally require you to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with good results in English and mathematics, combined with the successful undertaking of written and practical examinations, as well as behavioural assessments. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and/or relevant experience in the hospitality or customer service industry. You can also become a flight attendant through a traineeship in Aviation (Flight Operations). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. On appointment, flight attendants undertake initial in-house training, prior to commencing flight duties.
Flight attendants may perform the following tasks:
Flight attendants work in shifts that involve irregular hours, working weekends and public holidays, and spending time away from home. They work long hours in a pressurised cabin and must adjust to varying climatic conditions and different time zones.
Competition for flight attendant positions is very strong and the supply of applicants far outweighs demand. Flight attendants are usually based in particular Australian capital cities. Contact the airlines for full details. With experience and further training, flight attendants may progress to the position of cabin supervisor or cabin manager.