We surveyed 2,294 flight attendants to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical flight attendant. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a flight attendant?

Low

High

Working as a flight attendant typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a flight attendant?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a flight attendant typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a flight attendant?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a flight attendant. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for flight attendants.

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Do flight attendants work full-time or part-time?

93% of flight attendants work in full-time roles while 7% work part-time.

Is being a flight attendant stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst flight attendants, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a flight attendant?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a flight attendant.

How competitive is the workplace for flight attendants?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for flight attendants.

Does being a flight attendant require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Flight attendants will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are flight attendants allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Flight attendants rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do flight attendants have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Flight attendants tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a flight attendant physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a flight attendant requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are flight attendants exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, flight attendants tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a flight attendant require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a flight attendant.

Does being a good flight attendant require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a flight attendant.