Also known as Banquet Bartender, Bar Captain, Bartender, Mixologist
Also known as Banquet Bartender, Bar Captain, Bartender
Bartenders mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.
Bartenders are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Bartenders. More generally, Bartenders are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Bartender is $24,960, and the average salary is $28,910. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Bartender salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Bartenders earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Bartenders earn less than $17,940 per year, 25% earn less than $19,620, 75% earn less than $32,130, and 90% earn less than $47,690.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Bartenders is expected to change by 32.5%, and there should be roughly 111,300 open positions for Bartenders every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Bartender are usually higher in their Enterprising, Conventional, and Realistic interests.
Bartenders typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Bartenders typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Bartenders typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Bartender tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Support.
Most importantly, Bartenders strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Bartenders moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Bartenders moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Bartenders must consistently demonstrate qualities such as self-control, dependability, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Bartenders, ranked by importance:
Working as a Bartender usually requires a high school diploma.
Bartenders need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Bartenders may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, sales and marketing, or education and training knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Bartenders might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Bartenders must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Bartenders need abilities such as oral expression, oral comprehension, and information ordering in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Bartenders, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Bartenders frequently use skills like active listening, service orientation, and social perceptiveness to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Bartenders, ranked by their relative importance.
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