Flight Attendants

6.2/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $29.63 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 38% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Assisting and Caring for Others
Social Perceptiveness
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Flight Attendants' job openings is expected to rise 20.8% by 2031
'Flight Attendants' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Flight Attendants' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Flight Attendants' was $61,640, or $29.63 hourly
'Flight Attendants' are paid 34.7% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as flight attendants?

As of 2021 there were 96,900 people employed as Flight Attendants within the United States.
This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Flight Attendants.

Job description

Monitor safety of the aircraft cabin. Provide services to airline passengers, explain safety information, serve food and beverages, and respond to emergency incidents.

SOC Code: 53-2031.00


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Collin Tredo (Small chance) says
This job requires a friendly human face, people will be less comfortable having to talk to and trust a robot/AI when they get on a plane.
May 17, 2021 at 05:00 PM
A (No chance) says
Flight attendants use their knowledge to solve a situation given the surprise factor... it’s impossible to programme a robot that knows how to act in front of a surprise factor situation.

And by the way flight attendants are there to save u not to make u happy.

First priority is safety the If it’s possible the service time will come.
Apr 10, 2021 at 10:07 AM
Spiros (No chance) says
Flight attendants are there for one specific reason: safety. For this, human presence is important
Apr 10, 2021 at 01:55 AM
Erebus (Small chance) says
It involves emotional labour which only a human is capable of.
Mar 24, 2021 at 05:52 PM
JP (Likely) says
With the global pandemic focusing minds on the amount of human contact passengers have on flights, I could see cabin crew being reduced in number to improve safety, with a Purser and assistant at each end of the aircraft being supplemented by robots which would handle more of the non-emergency workload. Robots would reduce the expense of accommodating cabin crew at destinations and would be able to clean the cabin autonomously using UV lights to disinfect the cabin air and surfaces.
Aug 02, 2020 at 04:53 PM
A flight attendant (No chance) says
Will absolutely not happen. What most do not realize is that flight attendants are on board for safety. It's just not something that can be replaced by robots.
Jul 22, 2020 at 08:27 AM
Ebork (Highly likely) says
Flight attendants make or break flying. They'll be robots soon enough.
Jan 03, 2020 at 11:48 AM
THM says
Flight attendants make your flying safe you ignorant.
Jun 27, 2020 at 09:20 AM
Izme;-; says
I think that is wrong you see robots can also break easy, if there is a drunk passenger or causing harm robots can break with their wires. In medical procedures or any emergency humans would be faster than the robots having to mechanically bend down taking longer than humans.
Mar 31, 2021 at 08:21 AM
JD (Highly likely) says
With the lousy customer service and the awfully attitudes these "air stewards(esses)" possess nowadays, I wouldn't be surprised that a machine will end up doing their job not only more quickly and efficiently, but for little to no cost of maintenance on said droids compared to paying salaries w/ benefits, retirement, etc & dealing with greedy unions, to people who don't do their job properly and are not even qualified to in the first place.

Given the recent horrific experiences passengers had to endure from these "flight attendants", I see machines replacing these incompetent humans in the future. It'll save the airlines plenty of revenue and avoid lawsuits and having to pay these poorly trained service attendants for mediocre to dismal services provided.

The only ones to blame would be the flight attendants themselves, because a machine did a better job than they ever would.
Apr 20, 2019 at 05:36 AM
Karen says
When you have a heart attack on the plane who’s going to administer first aid to you? A robot? A flight attendant is there to save your ass not kiss it and their customer service is based on your attitude. It goes both ways
May 05, 2019 at 06:17 AM
Ordinary Internet User says
They will hire some flight attendants for those situations.
For example,
Today : 10 human flight attendants
Future: 1-3 human flight attendants, 7+ robot flight attendants.
Capish? :P
Sep 04, 2019 at 01:28 PM
Eternity says
With COVID, it would be ideal if airlines used robots instead. We'd rather not use flight attendant "services".
May 22, 2020 at 04:27 AM
GG says
JD deserves the most awful flying experiences after the rudeness he showcased here.
May 09, 2019 at 04:11 PM

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