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Worst Jobs of 2013 - 10. Flight Attendant

Worst Jobs of 2013 - 10. Flight Attendant

BLS National Salary Median: $37,740
Projected Job Growth: 0%
Jobs Rated Score: 970

High stress, low pay and a shrinking job market all contribute to flight attendant’s inclusion among the worst jobs of 2013. The BLS projects virtually no change in job prospects, as airlines continue to consolidate and reduce staff.


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Anyone work for AA? 

Anyone work for AA? 

It depends on which stage

It depends on which stage your at, if you have a family then flight attendant jobs wouldn't be enough for you. For people who dont have a family and they dont require much for their payment then its good for them .People always say dont be a child care worker and i am enjoying my job, i know the parents never listen to their kids, cause you know their kids and their still learning so the parents ALWAYS LISTENS TO THE TEACHER MORE. Just don't touch them, only pat their back and put them to sleep if they need to and tie their shoe or feed them if you have to. I don't think any of these jobs are bad, depending on which stage level your at. I want to be a flight attendant i think it be fun flying back and fourth on the airplane, but my mom told me its a borning job you don't get to do much except hearing complaints on the airplan by customers but it depend on what you say .

I am getting trained for

I am getting trained for Flight attendent from an institute this year. This Article shook me badly.. Damn, I am worried now! duhhh!!

It is called "read with a

It is called "read with a grain of salt, this person has no idea what makes you happy".I mean, if the author followed his own criteria of a "good job", then he probably wouldn't have stuck it out with this company to write this crappy article (notice that 'internet reporter' was neither in the top 10 or worst 10. That fact should speak volumes to you).

It's probably not so bad if

It's probably not so bad if you work for a legacy carrier and have some seniority. Regional flight attendants far outnumber legacy flight attendants in the US. I can't imagine working 6 leg days just to overnight in places like Peoria, be beat up scheduling, all for a princely sum of 16k-20k per year. Dear lord, I always wonder how they get people to do that job.

I have no idea what this

I have no idea what this article is talking about.  I make almost $52.00 an hour, have great benefits, 401k, profit sharing, Health insurance, free and discounted travel,  hotel discounts, car rental discount, work when I want to work.   per diem, holiday pay, double time, triple time.  It's just like any other customer service service job except that you can't bea the perks!

Who do u work for?  

Who do u work for?  

What airline do you work for?

What airline do you work for? I have been at the same airline for 25+ years and don't get triple time and I just wish I could fly only when I wanted to.

what airline do you work for

what airline do you work for and how many years, if you dont mind me asking?

Wow, sounds like paradise!!

Wow, sounds like paradise!! Wich airline?? I work in europe for a lowcost airline and believe me its hell and one of the worst job ever.....happy landings!

If your argument is low pay,

If your argument is low pay, high stress then you are not working for the same airline that I am working at.  I often pinch myslef that I make close to 6 figures by passing out coke and peanuts. Yes I am over simplyfing my job  but most days  thats what I do.  Occasonaly, I must use my other skills be it medical or saftey related, but for the most part its pretty smothe. I feel very blessed to be paid to do what I do for over 20 years and plan on doing this for many,  many more years.  In my opinion my job should be on the top 10 list of best jobs to have.  Yes...I LUV my job and my airline :) 

SWA

SWA

can you help me? :) I want to

can you help me? :) I want to join your airline, I really that job. since I elementary I dreamt of becoming a flight attendant, :( 

You work for Southwest

You work for Southwest Airlines, don't you?

I've been working for my

I've been working for my carrier for 13 years.  Finally topped out and make around 100k.  I have at least 10 days off a month. And I get to choose what trips I'd like to fly and whether I'd like to fly with friends.  I can work/fly my way to the beach and stay for a good 20 hours before I have to do it all over again and stay at another city.  I've been blessed with this job and could not be happier.  I do understand how working for some other carriers is rough.  By the way,  I take two 2 week trips a year for dirt cheap and sometimes get bumped up to first class,  and also stay in great hotels with industry deals all over the world.   I love my job and am sure thankful to all of our passengers.   You can probably guess who I work for just by my hokiness.

Who is it that you work for

Who is it that you work for ?Is it Emirates Airlines ? 

ive been flying with SWA for

ive been flying with SWA for 15+ years, I made $85k last year..  working 15-18  days a month..  easiest job for  huge pay 

Yep me too 19 years 98000 yea

Yep me too 19 years 98000 yea baby luv my airline!!!!

I've been working for my

I've been working for my carrier for 13 years.  Finally topped out and make around 100k.  I have at least 10 days off a month. And I get to choose what trips I'd like to fly and whether I'd like to fly with friends.  I can work/fly my way to the beach and stay for a good 20 hours before I have to do it all over again and stay at another city.  I've been blessed with this job and could not be happier.  I do understand how working for some other carriers is rough.  By the way,  I take two 2 week trips a year for dirt cheap and sometimes get bumped up to first class,  and also stay in great hotels with industry deals all over the world.  I love my job and am sure thankful to all of our passengers.   You can probably guess who I work for just by my hokiness.

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Six more years and I'm topped

Six more years and I'm topped out! Can't wait! I LUV our airline too and am so blessed we have what we have. The flexibility of our job and the ability to travel has been a saving grace for me and my family.

I bet I work for that same

I bet I work for that same LUV airlines and that's why we should appreciate everything we have. We've got it made! I've been with this awesome company for 8 years on Monday and even with all the changes to the industry and the company itself I know I am blessed beyond measure! I've only been inflight for a year and exceeded $45,000 as a "newbie" Working 12 days a month.

I miss being a FA(JetBlue),

I miss being a FA(JetBlue), and I have to agree that once you get a "real" job, you understand that being supervised for only a briefing a day, working 15 days a month, and taking advantage of the perks makes it a great job.  There is no growth, I never could make more than 50K, even working a lot of hours, but now I work a 9-5, 20 days a month, 170+ hours a month.I miss flying, but having a family while doing it requires a great many sacrifice.10 Worst jobs?  No way.  If you're afraid of getting fired being an FA, work for yourself, because the other options are way worse.  Union or not.

I am about to apply at Jet

I am about to apply at Jet blue.Am 58 years old.I no that is insane at my age.Would I ever get hired?  

I assure you anyone who

I assure you anyone who thinks being a flight attendant is the worst job has not had a real job. I worked for 18 years as a registered nurse and 14 years as a flight attendant. Being a flight attendant is like being on vacation 3 to 6 days a week depending on how often you work. 

I love the passengers and

I love the passengers and working on the plane.  I hate the low pay (22K after 7 years) and long hours (14 hour day are not unusual).  I hate that I have to pay a union the same amount in union dues as the flight attendants making 62K.  I hate that the union is controlled by those same flight attendants and they refuse to help us feed our families by reducing our dues.  I don't travel, I can't afford the hotels.  Although I love my job, I understand why it is consider one of the 10 ten worse jobs.    

I'm really baffled by this on

I'm really baffled by this on the whole.  First the airline industry has been on a hiring frenzy for the last 4 years, consolidation has created MORE flight attendant positions, not less.Stressed out?  Hardly...yes once in a while there is s a difficult situation, but no more or less than my days in corporate America.   What I do get as a flight attendant is a job where I have minimal supervision, freedom to change my schedule at a moments notice, and not less than 14 days off a month.It's not the industry it once was, but what is....the truth is the far majority of my flying partners say the same thing:  They love thier job, and couldn't imagine going out into the 9 to 5 world.

Love my job, flight

Love my job, flight attendants are a special, cool group of people. Once you have been a flight attendant, it's in your blood. Very hard to have a 9-5 job, imagine almost any place in the world you want to see, bring your husband, kids or friends. It has it's cons also. I've been flying since Eastern Airlines, I'm 47 and been a flight attendant since I'm 19. There has been good things and bad. But the good wins in my book. Just try it and let us know what you think. 

I get paid to make love and

I get paid to make love and surf around the world...been doing it 26years..and job is as much fun as ever...when you work for jetBlue!!!! yea 10th worst job??? UFKM??!! Have it better than Trump!!!! 

I agree

I have worked for 20 years going to and from Germany to America and America to South Africa. I could not ask for a better job for I can always go and visit my family in Germany and in the States.

Jetblue is known as the slave

Jetblue is known as the slave ships of the air.  Work long hours, with no backing from Management and continue to be constantly under a microscope that if you sneeze they fire you!  10+ years there and I still watch my back.  Isnt the company i originally started with.  Treated poorly by customers and to get any money i work 130 hours. 

Not so?

Not so?

I made 65k, but I'm topped

I made 65k, but I'm topped out at and in my 28th year.  It took a long time to get here

Consider myself part time

Consider myself part time flying two to three days a week and made 62k last year 

Should definitely add

Should definitely add classical musician to the list.

the first couple of years as

the first couple of years as a flight attendant can be discouraging financially especially if you relocate but it gets better , I work for a regional - make close to 50 k a year. I feel Freedom being able to travel . I don't have to pretend I'm somewhere else going to the same workplace everyday . I do go someplace else and often get a chance to experience what it would be like to live there Living it is better than reading about it when that's how you learn. Love my job. What we lack in sleep we make up in fun and adventure. I know I'm a bit of a tool but I don't care, I want more skills in life and this job gives me the time to develop them and contacts for other avenues in life. Not a job for sloths

I have been working for major

I have been working for major airlines for 34 years. Many mergers and changes have made it not what it use to be. I am making the same money I made in 2004, working more then I ever have. All the great benefits have gone with bankrupcy.Now I feel that the company is always trying to cheat me. Finding a way not to pay me while the pilots have regained most of their pay and benefits. Showing up for work an hour and a half before and boarding planes 3 or 4 times a day before you start getting paid is starting to get old. I am so glad my career is behind me. I have had many good times and have made many wonderful friends through the years. The job isn't what it use to be, but always fly safe!

IAM ready for a union

IAM ready for a union too!!!  

that's why it's important to

that's why it's important to have a U-N-I-O-N.

Love my job as a flight

Love my job as a flight attendant! It's my first year in the industry and my salary is around 52 K. Plus free travelling, 5* hotels. Can't complain! Of course there are also some negative aspects like unusual working time and being lot of time away from my family/friends. Before that I was working in investment fund's office as a specialist and don't miss it. Equity trading has become a hobby now and flying is my lifestyle and job!

I'm calling bull**** on this

I'm calling bull**** on this one. That much yearly is a lie. 

I think you're putting us on,

I think you're putting us on, aren't you? Starting salary at USAirways was (until very recently) $15K a year!  I've worked for 5 airlines and NEVER made $52K in 38 years. BUT on the other hand, as NPR said recently: "Right now, it's easier to get into Harvard than to be hired as a Flight Attendant."  That's because Delta had 400 positions available and had 50K applicants. USAirways (yes, even at that salary) had 1100 positions and had over 20K applicants. But $62K in  your first year? Sorry my dear, but I think that is a huge pile of BS. 

Who do you work for? Flight

Who do you work for? Flight Attendants working 20 years don't get paid that much unless you are flying over  100 hours a month and that is like working two jobs, Flight Attendants only get paid when they pull away from the gate and are in flight..... You top out your pay usually at 12 years.

I have to say you are the

I have to say you are the only Flight Attendant in the USA making $52k a year first year salary...so I hope you feel very special!!!

Yeah, it is possible. I work

Yeah, it is possible. I work for Jetblue and we have 1st yr.  flight attendants making that type of salary. They are flying 150+ hrs, plus getting premium pay, per diem, lead pay and other bonuses.BS?   Of course not! ;-)

Yeah, I would love to know

Yeah, I would love to know who you fly with too!  Maybe it was meant as 25k. That's the only thing I can think of. And that's pretty good for your first year!

No job is perfect. Luckily I

No job is perfect. Luckily I have have a job that allows me to travel which I love, and for free no less. I feel bad for other flight attendants who have lost their jobs due to furloughs. Im so thankfully that I work for a company that does not furlough its staff. Entering my 10th year at my company, the pay is not bad and I have great seniority that allows me to go wherever I want. All in all, its not as bad as people chalk it up to be. So thankful especially in these hard economic times. 

Best job in the world!! Would

Best job in the world!! Would never make it at a 9-5 position :-)  True, our job isn't what it used to be but it still beats anything else!!

Cant beat the perks. The free

Cant beat the perks. The free traveling alone has made up for the low salary. 

Its all a matter of

Its all a matter of perspective and the lifestyle you want.  If you have no dependents then yes traveling the world and getting paid whatever for it is awesome. If you have 3 kids, 2 cars, and a mortgage...maybe not so much.  Just saying.

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