With an increasing number of people traveling by air consistently on the rise, and technology allowing travelers to share their experiences online – from the good, the bad, and the downright shameful – it’s no wonder why airline companies are looking to improve the customer’s experience. Whether it be through improved in-flight meal options, or through an increased presence of bilingual or multilingual staff members.
If you’re one of the 60.6 million Americans who speak a language other than English at home, according to a 2011 Census Bureau survey, you’re in luck. Delta Airlines and United Airlines are currently on a hiring spree. They're looking for bilingual staff who are over 21 years old, can legally work and travel in the United States of America, and have completed their high school education.
If you’re interested in United’s bilingual flight attendant roles, they are accepting and prioritizing applicants fluent in Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and/or Portuguese. There are some other requirements, such as height minimums and maximums, and other vision and hearing tests.
Delta is also looking for Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin or French speakers, in addition to Czech, Danish, Korean, and Hebrew speakers. They have requirements on appearance, such as hair color and piercings.
With United Airlines estimated to contribute $108.04 billion USD to the air transportation industry and GDP in the US alone, and Delta having an operating revenue of $41.24 billion USD, these companies are massive players in the air transportation game.
If that isn’t enough to get you interested in using your bilingualism to work in these companies, travel and tourism contributes $8.27 trillion USD to the global economy and is expected to continue growing. 66% of American recruiters agreed that being bilingual will be increasingly important in the next 10 years, so now might be the time to continue perfecting your language skills.
Not only do some statistics show your salary can increase due to bilingualism, but United and Delta are offering generous compensation for their bilingual staff.
Positions at United start at an average of $25.70 per hour which is 17% above the national average and includes benefits such as 401K enrollment and travel for friends and family. Delta’s salary is reported to be 38% above the national average and also includes travel privileges and health and wellness packages.