For anyone who dreams of leaving their desk job and traveling the world, Delta opened up applications for its newest round of flight attendant positions this week.
The company typically keeps the application pool open for two weeks, although it can’t hurt to apply as early as possible: Delta’s been known to receive over 100,000 applications for 1,800 positions.
Candidates should be at least 21 years old, authorized to work in the U.S. and have a high school diploma or GED.
In order to get a leg up on the competition, a great candidate should have experience in customer service, experience in a position of safety (i.e. lifeguard, teacher, nurse) and additional education beyond high school.
Applicants who can speak a second language are particularly coveted. These “language of destination” flight attendants will receive premium pay and increased opportunities to travel abroad where their second language is spoken.
Before applying, candidates should keep in mind that becoming a flight attendant is a round-the-clock commitment — particularly in the first few years at the bottom of the scheduling totem pole.
Starting salary for a Delta flight attendant is $25,000, plus benefits like health insurance, 401(k) with company match and, of course, the most tempting perk, worldwide travel privileges.
If selected, future flight attendants go through eight weeks of training in Atlanta, beginning early 2018. Upon completion, flight attendants are sent to junior bases in New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, or Detroit. Flight attendants would begin working in the cabin next summer.