Bartenders mix and dispense alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks in hotels, restaurants, cocktail lounges, and taverns. Besides mixing ingredients to prepare cocktails and other drinks, they serve wine and beer, collect payment from customers, order supplies, and arrange displays of bar stock and glassware. Bartenders, or their assistants, may also prepare fruit for garnishes, serve simple appetizers, replenish chips and pretzels, wash glasses, and clean the bar area. Approximately 555,560 bartenders work in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Prepare and serve alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks; collect payment from customers; maintain the bar area; order supplies; arrange displays of bar stock and glassware
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Poor
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Part-time experience
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements Age requirements vary by state
Career Ladder
  • Restaurant/Bar Manager
  • Head Bartender
  • Bartender
  • Bartender Helper or Waiter

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