Hospitality & Tourism > Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

Common job titles of Bartenders include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 42.96% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 36.98% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Clean bars, work areas, and tables.

    Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.

    Stock bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws.

    Mix ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.

    Serve wine, and bottled or draft beer.

    Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.

    Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated patrons.

    Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.

    Slice and pit fruit for garnishing drinks.

    Serve snacks or food items to customers seated at the bar.

    Collect money for drinks served.

    Balance cash receipts.

    Arrange bottles and glasses to make attractive displays.

    Plan, organize, and control the operations of a cocktail lounge or bar.

    Create drink recipes.

    Supervise the work of bar staff and other bartenders.

    Prepare appetizers such as pickles, cheese, and cold meats.

    Order or requisition liquors and supplies.

    Plan bar menus.

    Ask customers who become loud and obnoxious to leave, or physically remove them.



Upright glass washers

Touch screen monitors

Spirit measures

Soda dispensers

Refrigerated liquid recirculation systems

Professional juicers

All Tools

Pour spouts

Point of service workstations

Point of service scanners

Point of sale POS terminals

Point of sale POS printers

Olive stuffers

Notebook computers

Muddlers/mixing sticks

Mojito machines

Mixing glasses

Martini misters

Long range charged coupled device CCD barcode scanners

Linear imaging scanners

Lime squeezers

Lime slicers

Keg-tapping equipment

Julep strainers


Ice flakers

Ice crushers

Ice chippers

Hawthorn strainers

Glass washers

Glass rimmers

Fruit knives

Frozen drink machines

Electronic beer line maintenance equipment

Drink mixers

Draught foam control devices

Desktop computers

Credit card processing machines

Cocktail strainers

Cocktail shakers

Cash registers



Beverage machines

Barcode scanners

Bar spoons

4-prong strainers

4-piece cocktail shakers

3-piece cocktail shakers

2-prong strainers


AZZ CardFile

Compris software

Focus point of sale POS software

Intuit QuickBooks Point of Sale

MICROS Systems HSI Profits Series

NCR Advanced Checkout Solution

NCR NeighborhoodPOS

All Technologies

Point of sale POS software

The General Store


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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