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64311 – Pursers and flight attendants

Pursers and flight attendants ensure the safety and comfort of passengers and crew members during flights. Ship pursers attend to the safety and comfort of passengers aboard ships. Airline pursers and flight attendants are employed by airline companies. Ship pursers are employed by tour boat or cruise ship companies.


Example titles

  • Airline purser
  • Flight attendant
  • Flight service director
  • Passenger service director - water transportation
  • Ship purser

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Flight attendants
  • Greet passengers, explain and demonstrate safety procedures, check the general condition of the aircraft cabin, ensure that all necessary supplies are on board
  • Attend to safety of passengers during take-offs, landings and emergencies
  • Serve food and beverages to passengers and make flight announcements.
Flight pursers, customer service directors and passenger service directors
  • Coordinate the activities of flight attendants, provide service to passengers during flight and complete reports.
Ship pursers
  • Supervise ship attendants and arrange activities for passengers
  • Conduct ship's business, such as signing on crew, maintaining payroll records, assisting passengers in preparing customs declarations and supervising baggage storage.

Employment requirements

  • Flight attendants and flight pursers require the completion of secondary school and a training program approved by Transport Canada.
  • Flight attendants and ship pursers usually require experience working with the public.
  • Ship pursers may require experience as a ship attendant.
  • Flight pursers/customer service directors require experience as a flight attendant.

Additional information

  • It is an advantage for pursers and flight attendants to speak more than one language.
  • There is little mobility between airline pursers and ship pursers.


  • Food and beverage servers (65200)
  • Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services (65210)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training
Major group
64 – Sales and service representatives and other customer and personal services occupations
Sub-major group
643 – Occupations in food, accommodation and tourism
Minor group
6431 – Occupations in travel and accommodation
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