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 Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 20 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This small occupation has been severely impacted by the pandemic, with a large proportion of workers laid off. Unlike many other occupations, ramp attendants have not been rehired in large numbers since the reopening of the economy in June. In March, the federal government restricted international flights to four airports, which do not include Halifax. Additionally, the continued requirement for travellers from outside the Atlantic Region to self-isolate upon arrival in Nova Scotia, as well as general advisories against nonessential travel, have caused an extreme decline in the number of passengers passing through the Halifax and Sydney airports. In response to the collapse of passenger counts and revenue, airlines have cancelled routes and laid off workers in the region.

During the decade prior to the pandemic, the number of air travellers in Nova Scotia increased by an average of 2% per year, representing a positive trend for ramp attendants and other airline and airport staff. The introduction of international live seafood flights also created employment opportunities in the cargo sector. Despite the promising changes in airport activity, this occupation is relatively small. Vacancies do not happen frequently and opportunities for jobseekers are normally somewhat limited.
The cancellation of regional flights may have a lasting impact on demand for ramp attendants. It is not known whether any will be reinstated, or how the air travel industry in general will recover after the pandemic.

The median employment income for the 49% of Air Transport Ramp Attendants who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $39,550. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, the 59% of those who worked full-time, year-round had a median employment income of $43,600. (Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$16.25

Median

$29.63

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,313

Minimum

$31,252

Median

$58,583

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

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

21.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.5%

North Shore

3.1%

Cape Breton

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

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

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.