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Bartenders

Bartenders
Quick Facts : Bartenders*
2010 Median Pay$18,680
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012503,200
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change45,500


Bartenders mix and serve drinks to customers directly or through wait staff. They also fill drink orders either directly from patrons at the bar or through waiters and waitresses who place drink orders for dining room customers. Bartenders must know a wide range of drink recipes and be able to mix drinks accurately, quickly, and without waste.

What Bartenders Do

  • Greet customers, inform them about daily specials, and give them menus
  • Pour wine and serve draft or bottled beer and other alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks
  • Check identification of customers to ensure they are of legal drinking age
  • Operate cash registers, collect payments from customers, and return change
  • Manage bar operation and order and maintain liquor and bar supplies

Work Environment

Bartenders work at restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and other food service establishments. During busy hours, they are under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently. About half of all bartenders work full time, and they often must work late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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Job Outlook

Employment of bartenders is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, as people continue to dine out and drink at a variety of food and drinking places.
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Pay

The average hourly wage (including tips) of bartenders in May 2010 was $8.98.
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Bartenders*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Bartenders

18680

Food Services Occupations

25491.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Bartenders*
Percent Change in Employment

Bartenders

9.04213

Food Services Occupations

5.989887148141861

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Bartenders

Most bartenders receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks, under the guidance of a more experienced bartender. Training programs focus on basic customer service, teamwork, and food safety procedures. Some bartenders acquire their skills through formal training, either by attending a school for bartending or a vocational and technical school with bartending classes.
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