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Because bartenders must be good at calculating tabs, high school
math classes are important to take. If you would like to own your
own bar someday, consider taking business or accounting classes.
You might also take family and consumer science classes to gain
exposure to food and beverage measurements and preparation.
Communication is a key part of this job. The bartender who can chat
with customers, making them feel at home and welcomed, and work
well as part of a team will have the most success in this
profession. To improve your communication abilities, therefore,
take English, speech, and any other classes that offer you the
opportunity to work on these skills. Psychology classes will be
useful because bartenders may encounter awkward social situations
and regular customers sometimes talk with their neighborhood
bartender about their problems and life challenges. With American
bar and restaurant clientele becoming increasingly diverse, it is a
good idea to take a foreign language, such as Spanish.
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