By Stacey Leasca
August 15, 2018
Courtesy of Delta

Your chances of landing a job that will pay you to travel the world just got a whole lot better. 

Earlier this week, Delta Air Lines announced its plan to hire a whopping 1,000 new employees in 2019, the majority of which will be flight attendants.

"The best flight attendants in the world wear the wings of Delta and we'll be looking for top talent as we welcome 1,000 new members to the Delta family," Allison Ausband, Delta's senior vice president of in-flight service, said in a statement. "Our people are known for their engaging personalities, ability to listen, composure and teamwork — if this sounds like you, apply to come fly with us."

To qualify for the role, an applicant must have a GED or high school degree, be fluent in English, have the ability to work in the United States, have a flexible schedule, and be 21 years old by Jan. 1, 2019.

Though these qualifications seem simple enough to fill, it turns out becoming a Delta crew member is incredibly difficult. As Delta noted, in 2017, more than 270,000 applicants applied for roughly 1,700 open flight attendant positions. To really stand out from the pack, Delta said applicants should also have at least one year of working experience — especially in roles involving customer service — have a fluency in a second language, and have a college degree.

But, if you’re more interested in flying the plane than working in the cabin, Delta is hiring for that too. In July, NBC reported that Delta is on the hunt for 8,000 new pilots over the next decade.

Virgin Atlantic is also on the hunt for more crew members to join its team out of Heathrow, and Emirates is hiring attendants based out of Dubai. However, those Emirates jobs come with the added qualifications of being at least 5’2’’ and having an arm reach of about seven feet while standing on your tiptoes.

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