Flight attending is an aviation occupation. Projections from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate the employment outlook for aviation professions is expected to grow in the next coming years. Competition is expected to be fierce as many people are drawn to the travel benefits that accompany the daily work environment. Flight attendants can be in Chicago one day and then Rome the next. Read further, if you want to become a flight attendant in Arizona.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
- PC or laptop
Become a Flight Attendant in Arizona
Start with the right college. A high school diploma is the minimum requirement for Arizona flight attendants. It is unlikely you could obtain employment before someone with a higher degree, however. Visit the U.S. Colleges and Universities website here at uscollegesearch.org/flight-attendant-colleges.html. Anthem College, located in Phoenix, is one of the featured flight attendant schools. Use this information, if you do not already have relevant college training.
Get a Certification of Demonstrated Proficiency authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Security Administration. Congress established this requirement for flight attendants under the Vision-100 Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act in 2003. Prospective attendants also need basic medical emergency training and security knowledge to get certified, as well. People generally obtain prerequisite training at a prospective airline. The FAA has a Scottsdale office at www.faa.gov. Mesa Airlines is one area-specific airline company based in Phoenix.
Do research and get assigned to a good airline. After completing your certification, you will be sent to work for an airline. Airlines may offer a bit of flexibility about job assignments, but they often work according to seniority. Some employers may ask "Where do you want to go?" Be ready to answer this question during a possible entrance interview. Know that you may only obtain a reserve status as a flight attendant for the first year. This is basically an "on-call" position. Depending on the airline, it may take a few years to become staff.
Consider a flight attendant internship. You could probably do this during your initial academic training. Based in Glendale, United Airlines is one such company that provides internship opportunities. Internships (or even volunteer experience), coupled with education, post-academic training (like at colleges or vocational schools), and certification, is a great way to make yourself marketable. Try to make contacts and be sure to network once your are interning, too.
Tips & Warnings
- Arizona flight attendants must be at least 18 years old. They must also meet certain age and physical requirements, as well.
- Flight attendants and their families are often privy to immense travel and hotel discounts. It isn't unusual for a flight attendant to fly worldwide on vacation for free.
- Submit a full-length photo of yourself if prompted at the interview process.
- Pay special attention to security protocols while working as a flight attendant. It can mean the difference between life and death for you and others.
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