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How to become a Bartender

To become a bartender you must first meet your state's minimum age requirement to serve alcohol and tend bar. Most states require bartenders to be at least 18-21 years old. Certain states also require bartenders to take an alcohol certification course before they allow you to work on the floor. Bartenders may need to have experience or complete a training program at a bartending school.

What skills help Bartenders find jobs?

  • Bartender Experience
  • Serving Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Hospitality Experience
  • Computer Literacy
  • Customer Service
  • Micros POS
  • Basic Math
  • Culinary Experience
  • Cash Handling
  • Upselling
  • Heavy Lifting

Career progression for Bartender

Education levels for Bartenders

0%1%2%97%Master's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Bartender job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience23k24k25k27k28kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Bartender in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Bartenders

  • Bartender License
  • TIPS
  • Food Handler Certification
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • TABC Certified
  • MAST Permit
  • ServSafe
  • Driver's License
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • IV Certification
  • Certified Sommelier
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Bartender

What are the important qualities a Bartender must have to work efficiently?

Bartenders need a combination of skills and training to work effectively. The following are some of these skills:

  • They must possess good communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully to the client's orders, give recommendations about the menu, and clarify drink and food items
  • They must have excellent customer service skills to encourage customers to return to the business
  • They must have good decision-making skills and use sound judgment to detect if customers are intoxicated or underage and make a decision not to sell drinks to them
  • They must be physically strong because the job entails many hours of standing and walking on their feet attending to clients
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What is the job outlook like for bartenders?

As a result of growth in population and an increase in income for the average worker, there is likely to be more demand for food, drinks, and entertainment. This situation will allow for an increase in employment rates for bartenders in restaurants and other businesses where alcohol is served.

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Do I need to get a license to be able to apply for a bartender job?

Licensing for bartenders differs per state. Check your local licensing requirements before applying.

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