Bartender

Bartending is a popular career and it can be highly enjoyable especially for individuals who are outgoing and like to meet new people. Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic beverages to customers in bars restaurants cocktail lounges resorts private clubs and on cruise ships and hotels. They are also responsible for collecting money for the drinks they serve.

They are expected to be knowledgeable about standard drink recipes and they must be able to mix drinks quickly and accurately. In the United States bartenders must be at least 21 years old and they are responsible for checking identifications to insure customers are of drinking age. They must be aware of state and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic drinks.

Most bartenders are in charge of keeping the bar adequately stocked. Also when they are not assisted by a bartender helper they must wash glasses clean the bar and remove trash. Many bartenders learn on the job but some vocational schools offer bartending courses. In some cases bars will train them but sometimes bartenders start out as waiters and learn the trade by observing bartenders at work.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $53100
High Salary: $75000
Low Salary: $31200
Tasks: Mixes and serves alcoholic beverages.
Knows standard drink recipes by heart.
Reviews customer identification cards to ensure they are of legal drinking age.
Washes glasses, cleans the bar, and removes trash.
Also Called: Server
Waiter/Waitress
Drink Maker
Bar Maid
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/508/Bartender.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/bartender-job-description.html
http://bartending.org/bartending-salaries.html