Bartenders prepare and serve alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages to customers in bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and venues. They are makers, entertainers and connectors who have excellent customer service skills and a vast knowledge of drink recipes.
They are responsible for making sure the bar area is clean and stocked, checking IDs, collecting payment, and ordering inventory. Bartenders need physical stamina in order to work on their feet for hours and to lift heavy items like kegs. They also need to be quick, efficient, and have good listening skills and sharp memories. Good bartenders tend to have regular customers who come back for both the conversation and their ‘usual’ drinks.
Working in the service industry means a significant amount of your salary can depend on tips, with the top-paying employers for bartenders tending to be hotels, country clubs, fine-dining restaurants and high-volume venues. Most learn their skills through on-the-job training. Jobs prospects are good due to high turnover rate, and are projected to grow 6% by 2029.