Airline Travel Careers

Do you love to travel? Do you have a heart for great customer service and enjoy working with people in a fast-paced, busy airport or travel office? If so, the OCC Career Advantage programs in Airline Travel Careers may be your ticket! Our programs include flight attendant training, and if you prefer to be grounded, a program to prepare you for a career in airline travel management. Whichever program you choose, you will experience hands-on learning both in the classroom and outside it at the nearby John Wayne International Airport. Whether your dream is to take to the skies or take off as a manager or travel career specialist, you can take your first steps at OCC – read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Cultural Tourism
Aviation Management
Homeland Security

Computer Reservation Systems – SABRE
Enhancing Guest Service
Leadership and Strategic Management

Did you know?

Employment of flight attendants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in airline travels. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for a position at all levels of corporate and retail aviation, including flight attendant, ground operations, airport management, guest service agents and other airline careers. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a highly competitive career as a flight attendant, or as a customer service agent in the airline and travel industry. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Flight Attendant and Airline Travel Careers Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for a highly competitive career as a flight attendant, or as a customer service agent in the airline and travel industry. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information for admissions. Select the type of student you are and follow the steps listed to get started.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program does not offer courses online, evenings or weekends. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online, evenings and weekend classes. For tips on how to navigate this tool click here.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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