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21 Associates's Degrees Annually
1 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#190 in Popularity (Associate's)
$56,630 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Airline Flight Attendant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many airline flight attendant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 49
Associate’s Degree 21
Bachelor’s Degree 1

What Airline Flight Attendant Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, airline flight attendant majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Airline Flight Attendant Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Airline Flight Attendant Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to airline flight attendant:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Airline Flight Attendant Majors

Airline Flight Attendant majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Airline Flight Attendant Major?

People with a airline flight attendant degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Flight Attendants 10.2% $56,000

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Airline Flight Attendant?

21 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of airline flight attendant majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 4
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Airline Flight Attendant. About 38.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Airline Flight Attendant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to airline flight attendant is $56,630. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with airline flight attendant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for airline flight attendant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 11.2%
Some College Courses 32.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 25.9%

Online Airline Flight Attendant Programs

In 2018-2019, 7 schools offered a airline flight attendant program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Airline Flight Attendant Worth It?

The median salary for a airline flight attendant grad is $56,630 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $334,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to airline flight attendant.

Major Number of Grads
General Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology 3,517
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot & Flight Crew 2,009
Aviation/Airway Management & Operations 1,306
Air Traffic Controller 373
Other Air Transportation 343
Flight Instructor 51

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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