Basic information about Bartenders
Duties of a Bartender
Bartenders' duties include:
- Cleaning the bar
- Mixing and serving drinks
- Operating the register and accepting money from paying customers
- Check ID's
- Welcoming customers
- Take orders from the customers
Average income for a bartender is about $18,000 a year or $9 an hour (depending on the type of bar you are employed at). The numbers of jobs available are about 500,000.
About 43% of bartenders work in restaurants and other drinking establishments, 29% work in just drinking establishments such as bars and clubs.
During busy hours, bartenders are under a lot of pressure to serve drinks quickly and efficiently to satisfy customers and also tend to stay very late on weekends and holidays.
Requirements to become a Bartender:
- Education: Less than high school, no formal education
- Training: Short-term or On-the-job training
- Experience: None or as a beginner
- Age: Some states require that bartender be at least 18, but most are 25 or older
- Optional: Bartender are preferred to have communication, customer service, decision-making, interpersonal, and physical stamina skills