Airline jobs revolve around the impertinent job titles of pilots and flight attendants. With the merging of individual functions of these jobs, the smoothing of flights for airlines can be achieved.
Amongst all airline jobs, pilots are the most lucrative in terms of salary and benefit payout, and its compensation is also deemed one of the highest amongst all professions.
Pilots’ duties, besides flying planes, include non-flying ones such as thoroughly checking the aircraft to ascertain the proper functioning of systems such as engines and controls before takeoff, ensuring the proper loading of baggage, ascertaining the most economical and safest routes, and others. The amount of non-flying duties is determinant on the size of airlines.
In order to be a pilot for airlines, one must have a college degree, a commercial pilot’s license, and an airline transport pilot’s license. On top of this, flight experience, good eyesight, hearing, physical and psychological condition are also mandatory. Despite this however, competition is fiercely intense and should one successfully secure pilot jobs, one might have to settle for low paying small commuter and regional airlines to gain experience.
Pilots have irregular schedules and oftentimes experience jet lag due to long flight hours and the different time zones experienced. This is compensated with the high salary, and attractive fringe benefits such as free or reduced price flights for the family, life and health insurance, retirement benefits and expense allowances.
The basic functions of flight attendants are to ensure the adherence of safety guidelines and to provide comfortable and enjoyable flights for passengers. This position is highly coveted due to traveling opportunities it provides and consequently, only the most eligible are selected.
The schedule for flight attendants is not fixed and can go anytime during the year including nights, weekends and holidays. A large amount of this time would be spent on air and the remnants on the ground. In addition, the nature of work can be deemed strenuous. This is because flight attendants are required to stand most of the time, must remain pleasant despite emotional shortcomings, handle difficult customers and experience the occasional turbulence in flights.
Despite these, the benefits offered are oftentimes deemed lucrative by potential candidates. On top of the vast amount of free time it offers, this job also provides discount air fares for the candidate and the immediate family. In addition, the only educational qualification mandated for this profession is a secondary school certificate.
To secure airline jobs in this field however, candidates must pass physical, appearance, eyesight and height requirements. It is also mandatory for candidates to undergo formal training that is provided.
It is reported that the median earnings for flight attendants are between $31,310 and $67,590. Also noteworthy are allowances provided based on assignments undertaken and these vary according to duration and distance. Due to the awarding of assignments desired based on seniority, one can expect to earn increasing amounts of allowances, on top of salary over one’s career.
In addition, the elongation of the average career span for flight attendants to 7 years will ensure increasing demand for this profession.