​​​​​Kindergarten - 12th Grade

Resources for Parents and Educators

Pilots, Flight Attendants, Ramp Agents, oh my! Career awareness is an important part of every student’s journey. We want to inform and inspire you—parents, educators, and high school students—about careers in aviation.

At Southwest®, our Purpose is to connect people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. More than 30 departments at Southwest work together to bring this Purpose to life.

Explore this page to learn about meaningful careers, and discover opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience in the aviation industry at Southwest Airlines®.

Let's connect!

Are you a parent or educator looking for information about Southwest Airlines for your students? Fill out this form, and we’ll contact you each semester about upcoming opportunities. 

Job opportunities for graduating high school seniors

Graduating from high school and looking for full-time employment? Consider a Career with Heart! Southwest is hiring throughout the country. 

While Southwest offers a variety of opportunities for graduating high school seniors, we are specifically hiring for the Ramp Agent position. The hard work and guidance of our Ramp Agents is instrumental to our success at Southwest. These Employees direct planes on the ground, handle cargo/baggage, and ensure our operations run smoothly.

Career exploration

Hear from Greg Muccio, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, as he shares an overview of what it’s like working at Southwest. 

All full-time roles at Southwest require candidates to be at least 18 years old and have authorization to work in the United States.

We look for candidates who care about our Company Values, so consider learning more about their attributes. 

We're also known for our amazing benefits, but don’t just take it from us! Check out our Benefits page to learn more about why Southwest could be the start of an incredible career for your student.
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Coloring pages

Looking for something fun to do at home or in your classroom? Download these Southwest designs and color to your heart's content.
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Adopt-a-Pilot® lesson plans

No matter how your plans change, we hope these Adopt-A-Pilot lessons provide some fun and innovative content for your students or at home.

Professional Communications Certification

Southwest Airlines is proud to offer the Professional Communications Certification, designed to prepare the next generation of professionals to communicate effectively in the workplace. The certification validates the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively, think critically, and work with others, resulting in an employee with exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills. 

The Southwest Airlines Professional Communications Certification is hosted on the iCEV testing platform. Visit the
iCEV website to learn more about the certification and its place in education and the workforce. 

Note: While we encourage continued professional development at every stage of life, obtaining the Professional Communications Certification does not guarantee an interview or job with Southwest Airlines. 

Questions or comments? Email us at campusreach@wnco.com.

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