People are, and always have been, the heartbeat of Southwest Airlines®. Take in their personal perspectives on life, work, and what it means to have a career with Heart.
Bring your authentic self
No matter where you're flying from or what area of Southwest®interests you, we're connecting each other to what matters most. By fostering a Culture that cares for and embraces diversity, we recognize that every experience, perspective, and background makes an incredible impact on our Company. We encourage bringing your authentic self to work and celebrating what makes you unique! After all, we wouldn’t be Southwest without our People, who are the Heart of it all.
We created our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitment because we're listening and taking meaningful action toward building allyship together. We know change is a journey that requires intentional action, honest dialogue, and open hearts and minds. Over time, data can begin to tell the story of how we are changing—it'll be a story that we'll write together.
Continuously striving for increased diversity in our Senior Leadership positions.
Diversifying our Senior Management Committee
Doubling the percentage of racial diversity and increasing gender diversity by 2025.
Engaging our community partners
Investing in our community relationships to support our continual search for diverse talent.
Evolving our hiring and development practices
Supporting our diversity goals through inclusive hiring practices at all levels of Leadership.
"Everyone has such a unique story to tell, and we just need to only stop and really listen."
- Charles M. Team Leader, Talent Acquisition
"A career at Southwest is one where Employees feel welcomed to bring their whole selves to work; where Employees are encouraged to bring their talent, creativity, and individuality and are accepted for what they offer. Our principle of putting People first means we value the unique thoughts, backgrounds, and experiences of our Employees. We recognize the importance of diversity in our hiring efforts and creating equitable opportunities for Candidates to flourish and thrive."
Vice President Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
We have careers with Heart.
Captain Atif F. inspires the next generation through lessons in aviation for our Adopt-A-Pilot® program
Senior Technology Project Manager Eureka D. shares how Prairie View A&M University “chose her” due to an Army scholarship
Aircraft Quality Control Inspector Jen M.’s advice? “Go after what you actually want to do in life … don’t settle!”
First Officer Keely P. and her mom, Captain Holly P., made Southwest history by becoming the first-ever mother/daughter Pilot duo.
Captain Geoff B. encourages and inspires students of all ages to pursue their dreams and discover that the sky isn't the limit.
“The goal is for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to be so embedded into all business processes and decisions that my job no longer exists, and DEI is just organically top of mind."
- Jenell R., Diversity Recruiting Manager
The Southwest Airlines Diversity Council is an inclusive group of over 100 Employees from different backgrounds, roles, and locations across the Company. Founded over 10 years ago, this council promotes a People-first work environment that celebrates differences, fosters inclusion, and leverages diversity.
This council, dedicated to our Employees, nurtures our Culture of caring for one another and promotes allyship through data-driven action across the Company.
At Southwest, we’re proud to support and create valuable connections to the communities you know and love. Whether in the air or on the ground, we believe community is more than a place—it’s at the Heart of what brings us together. Below are just a few of our 400+ partnerships, supporting impact across our diverse communities. Learn more about our DEI partnerships and awards.
"Inclusion has always been at the Heart of who we are at Southwest, and we’re committed to evolving our hiring, training, and development processes to drive progress and change. By engaging, understanding, and drawing on a variety of perspectives we can continue to celebrate our People and further enrich our Culture."
Senior Vice President People, Learning, & Development
We take pride in our outreach and commitment to the Disability community. We have community partnerships with a variety of local and national organizations who are dedicated to disability inclusion and related causes and initiatives.
Southwest Airlines is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that provides reasonable accommodations in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online careers page or participating in the hiring process due to your disability and need an accommodation, you mayemail Accommodations.Team@wnco.com.
Please use "Accommodation Request" as the subject line of your email or call us at (877) 792-4792.
For more information on Southwest's hiring practices, please see the following policies: