Air Transport Ramp Attendants

(NOC 7534)

in All Trades and Transportation

Air transport ramp attendants operate ramp-servicing vehicles and equipment, handle cargo and baggage and perform other ground support duties at airports. They work for airline and air services companies and the federal government.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 105 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 4040 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 8425 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Air Transport Ramp Attendants most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

Hourly Pay

$13.35

Minimum

$16.25

Median

$33.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,313

Minimum

$31,252

Median

$58,583

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$24.00

Median

$37.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Air transport ramp attendants operate ramp-servicing vehicles and equipment, handle cargo and baggage and perform other ground support duties at airports. They work for airline and air services companies and the federal government.

Job duties

Air transport ramp attendants:

  • Use ramp-servicing vehicles and equipment like towing tractors, food service trucks, de-ice sprayers and lavatory servicing trucks.
  • Position passenger loading stairs and operate aircraft cargo doors.
  • Marshal or tow aircrafts to gate positions for passenger boarding and deplaning and for loading and unloading of cargo.
  • Sort and load cargo and passenger baggage according to instructions forwarded by load planner to achieve proper balance.
  • Unload, sort and route cargo and baggage.
  • Carry freight between aircraft and airport warehouse.
  • Clean and prepare aircraft interior for passengers and wash aircraft exterior.

Sample job titles

  • aircraft cleaner
  • aircraft refueler
  • airport ramp attendant
  • baggage loader - air transport
  • cargo handler - air transport
  • freight attendant - air transport

Skills

  • You should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and a mechanical aptitude would be helpful. You must be able to work methodically, take direction, work as a member of a team, and carry out instructions given by supervisors. On occasion, protective clothing, goggles, and safety boots must be worn. In these jobs, you may be exposed to noise and fumes.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • Experience operating baggage transporting equipment or warehouse experience may be required.
  • A driver's licence and a good driving record are usually required.

Other considerations

  • There is mobility among jobs in this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

315

employed in 2016

81.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

9.5%
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90.5%
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43.4

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

62.5%

Halifax

$24,713 median annual income
21.9%

Annapolis Valley

$35,473 median annual income
12.5%

North Shore

$36,862 median annual income
3.1%

Cape Breton

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

89.5%

Transportation and warehousing

3.5%

Manufacturing

3.5%

Wholesale trade

3.5%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

55-64

23.0%

15-24

19.0%

45-54

19.0%

25-34

11.0%

35-44

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

46.0%

High school

$24,788 median annual income
17.5%

College Diploma

$44,719 median annual income
12.7%

Less than high school

$32,367 median annual income
12.7%

Trade Certification

$23,186 median annual income
7.9%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Transport Canada
Dartmouth, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.