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BARTENDER: You Have To Be Safe & Efficient To Make Money

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Nick, a bartender, spends his typical day getting the bar set up before people get in by cutting fruit, washing glasses, and cleaning, as well as making drinks when the bar patrons arrive. He tells us that when it is busy, he can make between 800 to 1,000 drinks a day, which actually requires you to be in good shape because you have to be able to run and move very quickly while being safe.

Job Title: Bartender

Job Summary: Bartenders

Job Description

Bartenders mix and serve drinks to customers directly or through wait staff. Bartenders fill drink orders either directly from patrons at the bar or through waiters and waitresses who place drink orders for dining room customers. Bartenders must know a wide range of drink recipes and be able to mix drinks accurately, quickly, and without waste.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Some bartenders acquire their skills through formal training, either by attending a school for bartending or a vocational and technical school with bartending classes. These programs often include instruction on state and local laws and regulations, cocktail recipes, proper attire and conduct, and stocking a bar. The lengths of programs vary, but most courses last a few weeks. Some schools help their graduates find jobs.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$10,000 - $25,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Travel, Home, Military, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Teamwork

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Culinary Arts
Hospitality
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m='11640'>that</span> <span m='11890'>it is.</span> <span m='12110'>In</span> <span m='12200'>the</span> <span m='12290'>summertime,</span> <span m='13020'>it's</span> <span m='13250'>going</span> <span m='13350'>to</span> <span m='13400'>start</span> <span m='13730'>off</span> <span m='14290'>early</span> <span m='14570'>in</span> <span m='14660'>the</span> <span m='14730'>morning</span> <span m='15090'>because</span> <span m='15360'>I</span> <span m='15420'>work</span> <span m='15710'>early</span> <span m='15960'>in</span> <span m='16050'>the</span> <span m='16120'>morning</span> <span m='16440'>most</span> <span m='16710'>of</span> <span m='16750'>the</span> <span m='16840'>time.</span> <span m='17240'>So</span> <span m='17450'>I</span> <span m='17540'>get</span> <span m='18160'>in</span> <span m='18400'>usually at</span> <span m='18810'>about</span> <span m='19090'>8:00</span> <span m='19700'>in</span> <span m='19760'>the</span> <span m='19830'>morning.</span> </p><p><span m='20370'>I</span> <span m='20590'>do</span> <span m='20810'>a</span> <span m='20900'>lot</span> <span m='21230'>of</span> <span m='22780'>cleaning.</span> <span m='23740'>I</span> <span m='23860'>wash</span> <span m='24260'>a</span> <span m='24320'>lot</span> <span m='24500'>of</span> <span m='24570'>glasses.</span> <span m='25530'>I</span> <span m='26440'>cut</span> <span m='26800'>fruit.</span> <span m='27460'>There's</span> <span m='27660'>a</span> <span m='27720'>lot</span> <span m='28170'>to</span> <span m='28900'>actually</span> <span m='29280'>get</span> <span m='29510'>a</span> <span m='29560'>bar</span> <span m='29930'>set</span> <span m='30270'>up</span> <span m='30710'>before</span> <span m='31310'>people</span> <span m='31750'>actually</span> <span m='32080'>get</span> <span m='32330'>there.</span> <span m='32780'>So</span> <span m='33230'>half</span> <span m='33520'>of</span> <span m='33620'>the</span> <span m='33740'>day--</span> </p><p><span m='34270'>Not</span> <span m='34520'>really</span> <span m='34660'>half</span> <span m='34950'>of</span> <span m='35020'>the</span> <span m='35100'>day</span> <span m='35350'>like</span> <span m='35600'>hour-wise,</span> <span m='36300'>but</span> <span m='36470'>amount</span> <span m='36880'>of</span> <span m='36920'>work</span> <span m='37190'>that</span> <span m='37360'>I</span> <span m='37460'>do</span> </p><p><span m='38090'>--comes</span> <span m='38830'>in the</span> <span m='39130'>hour</span> <span m='39465'>to</span> <span m='39940'>hour</span> <span m='40240'>and a</span> <span m='40590'>half</span> <span m='40730'>before</span> <span m='40980'>people</span> <span m='41350'>actually</span> <span m='41710'>come</span> <span m='41950'>into</span> <span m='42170'>the</span> <span m='42260'>bar.</span> <span m='43700'>Once</span> <span m='44060'>people</span> <span m='44310'>start</span> <span m='44600'>coming</span> <span m='44890'>in,</span> <span m='47080'>I</span> <span m='47150'>make</span> <span m='47310'>a</span> <span m='47370'>lot</span> <span m='47590'>of</span> <span m='47630'>drinks.</span> <span m='48350'>In</span> <span m='48450'>the</span> <span m='48530'>summertime,</span> <span m='49130'>I</span> <span m='49190'>make</span> <span m='49400'>between</span> <span m='51150'>800</span> <span m='51506'>and</span> <span m='51862'>1,000</span> <span m='52220'>drinks</span> <span m='52490'>a</span> <span m='52540'>day,</span> <span m='53400'>which</span> <span m='53590'>is</span> <span m='53680'>a</span> <span m='53740'>lot.</span> <span m='54030'>So</span> <span m='54220'>you've</span> <span m='54400'>got</span> <span m='54530'>to</span> <span m='54580'>be in</span> <span m='54760'>really</span> <span m='54960'>good</span> <span m='55170'>shape.</span> <span m='55530'>You've</span> <span m='55860'>got</span> <span m='55980'>to</span> <span m='56030'>be</span> <span m='56210'>able</span> <span m='56430'>to</span> <span m='57740'>run</span> <span m='59132'>and</span> <span m='59830'>move</span> <span m='59870'>very</span> <span m='60240'>quickly</span> <span m='60670'>without</span> <span m='60990'>actually</span> <span m='61340'>like</span> <span m='61500'>tripping</span> <span m='61890'>and</span> <span m='61960'>hurting</span> <span m='62290'>yourself</span> <span m='62740'>because</span> <span m='63120'>one</span> <span m='63310'>little</span> <span m='63520'>thing,</span> <span m='63740'>like</span> <span m='64230'>twisting</span> <span m='64660'>an</span> <span m='64760'>ankle,</span> <span m='65832'>can</span> <span m='66170'>cost</span> <span m='66520'>you</span> <span m='66630'>a</span> <span m='66680'>day.</span> <span m='67000'>And</span> <span m='67280'>if</span> <span m='67590'>you do it</span> <span m='67900'>bad</span> <span m='68240'>enough,</span> <span m='68710'>it can cost</span> <span m='69040'>you</span> <span m='69415'>a</span> <span m='69790'>month</span> <span m='70050'>of</span> <span m='70150'>work.</span> </p><p><span 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m='78750'>a</span> <span m='78810'>lot</span> <span m='79000'>of</span> <span m='79050'>safety</span> <span m='79480'>involved</span> <span m='79840'>with</span> <span m='80070'>it.</span> <span m='80350'>And just</span> <span m='80550'>little</span> <span m='80740'>things,</span> <span m='81040'>like</span> <span m='81230'>cutting</span> <span m='81570'>your</span> <span m='81640'>fingers,</span> <span m='82360'>can</span> <span m='82500'>really</span> <span m='83050'>affect</span> <span m='83450'>a</span> <span m='83500'>lot</span> <span m='83710'>of</span> <span m='83810'>your</span> <span m='84010'>daily</span> <span m='84350'>operations.</span> </p><p><span m='85450'>I</span> <span m='85590'>work</span> <span m='85830'>in</span> <span m='85890'>a</span> <span m='85950'>restaurant</span> <span m='86350'>bar,</span> <span m='86580'>so</span> <span m='86810'>you've got</span> <span m='87080'>waitresses</span> <span m='87590'>ringing</span> <span m='87910'>in drinks.</span> <span m='88370'>And</span> <span m='88460'>you've</span> <span m='88570'>got</span> <span m='88710'>to</span> <span m='88770'>make</span> <span m='89060'>those</span> <span m='89350'>too.</span> <span m='90020'>And just</span> <span m='90330'>make</span> <span m='90770'>drinks, drinks,</span> <span m='91070'>drinks all</span> <span m='91190'>day.</span> <span m='92280'>And</span> <span m='92440'>then,</span> <span m='93010'>if</span> <span m='93450'>you're</span> <span m='93560'>working</span> <span m='93830'>the</span> <span m='93910'>night</span> <span m='94140'>time,</span> <span m='94540'>it's</span> <span m='94950'>a</span> <span m='95030'>lot</span> <span m='95270'>of</span> <span m='95310'>cleaning.</span> </p><p><span m='95840'>You do</span> <span m='96290'>probably</span> <span m='96780'>two</span> <span m='96960'>to</span> <span m='97030'>three</span> <span m='97240'>hours</span> <span m='97470'>of</span> <span m='97510'>cleaning</span> <span m='97850'>a</span> <span m='97930'>night.</span> <span m='98540'>So</span> <span m='98730'>when</span> <span m='98890'>people</span> <span m='99200'>leave</span> <span m='99560'>at</span> <span m='99830'>whatever</span> <span m='100190'>time,</span> <span m='100840'>you</span> <span m='101070'>plan</span> <span m='101370'>on</span> <span m='101510'>being</span> <span m='101740'>there</span> <span m='101970'>for</span> <span m='102370'>an</span> <span m='102450'>extra</span> <span m='102720'>two to</span> <span m='102950'>three</span> <span m='103210'>hours</span> <span m='103620'>depending on</span> <span m='104110'>how</span> <span m='104240'>dirty</span> <span m='104550'>the</span> <span m='104640'>bar</span> <span m='104920'>is.</span> <span m='105010'>You</span> <span m='105130'>want</span> <span m='105290'>to</span> <span m='105330'>have</span> <span m='105920'>a</span> <span m='106030'>perfectly</span> <span m='106600'>clean</span> <span m='106970'>bar</span> <span m='107390'>every</span> <span m='107780'>day</span> <span m='107970'>at</span> <span m='108070'>the</span> <span m='108150'>beginning</span> <span m='108520'>of</span> <span m='108580'>the</span> <span m='108670'>day</span> <span m='109120'>and</span> <span m='109270'>every</span> <span m='109540'>night</span> <span m='109770'>at</span> <span m='109850'>the</span> <span m='109960'>end</span> <span m='110070'>of</span> <span m='110130'>the</span> <span m='110220'>night.</span> </p><p><span m='110520'>I've</span> <span m='110680'>been</span> <span m='110750'>bartending</span> <span m='111000'>on and</span> <span m='111300'>off</span> <span m='111620'>for the</span> <span m='111940'>last</span> <span m='112270'>10</span> <span m='112450'>years.</span> <span m='112900'>And</span> <span m='113140'>when</span> <span m='113320'>I</span> <span m='113840'>graduated</span> <span m='114310'>high</span> <span m='114480'>school,</span> <span m='114790'>I</span> <span m='114860'>was</span> <span m='115830'>pursuing</span> <span m='116250'>a</span> <span m='116310'>career</span> <span m='116620'>in</span> <span m='116700'>professional</span> <span m='117170'>motocross</span> <span m='117700'>racing,</span> <span m='118140'>and</span> <span m='118780'>I</span> <span m='118940'>needed</span> <span m='119310'>to</span> <span m='119680'>be</span> <span m='119930'>able</span> <span m='120110'>to</span> <span m='120170'>go</span> <span m='120320'>to</span> <span m='120390'>tracks</span> <span m='120820'>during</span> <span m='121040'>the</span> <span m='121140'>day</span> <span m='121530'>and</span> <span m='121860'>go</span> <span m='122000'>to</span> <span m='122070'>the</span> <span m='122160'>gym</span> <span m='122430'>during</span> <span m='122660'>the</span> <span m='122740'>day</span> <span m='122940'>and</span> <span m='123090'>everything</span> <span m='123350'>like</span> <span m='123560'>that.</span> <span m='123900'>So</span> <span m='124280'>I</span> <span m='124440'>need</span> <span m='124700'>a</span> <span m='124760'>night</span> <span m='124990'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='125360'>My uncle</span> <span m='125760'>got</span> <span m='125980'>me</span> <span m='126080'>the</span> <span m='126180'>job</span> <span m='126480'>at</span> <span m='126520'>a</span> <span m='126580'>restaurant,</span> <span m='127280'>and</span> <span m='127460'>I</span> <span m='127490'>started</span> <span m='127890'>out</span> <span m='128009'>as</span> <span m='128110'>a</span> <span m='128180'>waiter</span> <span m='128530'>there.</span> <span m='129070'>And</span> <span m='129465'>I</span> <span m='129860'>was</span> <span m='130370'>terrible</span> <span m='130759'>at</span> <span m='131000'>it</span> <span m='131370'>actually.</span> <span m='132180'>And</span> <span m='132460'>I</span> <span m='132710'>started</span> <span m='133050'>bartending</span> <span m='133720'>as</span> <span m='133800'>soon</span> <span m='133990'>as</span> <span m='134110'>I</span> <span m='134170'>turned</span> <span m='134440'>21</span> <span m='134990'>just</span> <span m='135160'>because</span> <span m='135450'>I</span> <span m='135500'>was</span> <span m='135620'>still</span> <span m='136060'>in</span> <span m='136180'>that</span> <span m='136380'>line</span> <span m='136570'>of</span> <span m='136660'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='137150'>When</span> <span m='137290'>I</span> <span m='137340'>first</span> <span m='137560'>started</span> <span m='137890'>bartending,</span> <span m='138370'>I didn't</span> <span m='138440'>know</span> <span m='138750'>how</span> <span m='138930'>much</span> <span m='139200'>cleaning</span> <span m='139600'>was</span> <span m='139780'>involved,</span> <span m='140870'>I</span> <span m='140950'>guess,</span> <span m='141150'>how</span> <span m='143350'>mean</span> <span m='143670'>and</span> <span m='143790'>rude</span> <span m='144030'>people</span> <span m='144350'>can</span> <span m='144500'>actually</span> <span m='144780'>be to</span> <span m='145060'>somebody.</span> <span m='145780'>People</span> <span m='147040'>can</span> <span m='147990'>think</span> <span m='148250'>because</span> <span m='148560'>you're</span> <span m='149020'>giving</span> <span m='149290'>them</span> <span m='149460'>something,</span> <span m='149840'>because</span> <span m='149950'>you</span> <span m='150050'>work</span> <span m='150260'>for</span> <span m='150370'>customer</span> <span m='150800'>service</span> <span m='151170'>that</span> <span m='151330'>they</span> <span m='151480'>can</span> <span m='151640'>just</span> <span m='151810'>treat</span> <span m='152040'>you</span> <span m='152140'>however</span> <span m='152490'>they</span> <span m='152610'>want.</span> <span m='153140'>And</span> <span m='153300'>it's</span> <span m='153380'>something</span> <span m='153650'>that</span> <span m='153790'>you</span> <span m='153890'>have</span> <span m='154050'>to</span> <span m='154130'>be</span> <span m='154230'>able</span> <span m='154390'>to</span> <span m='154450'>shake</span> <span m='154770'>off.</span> <span m='156290'>If</span> <span m='156730'>you</span> <span m='157050'>take</span> <span m='157240'>it</span> <span m='157330'>personally</span> <span m='157830'>and</span> <span m='157930'>take</span> <span m='158110'>it</span> <span m='158200'>seriously</span> <span m='158760'>for</span> <span m='158880'>too</span> <span m='159080'>long,</span> <span m='159530'>then</span> <span m='159670'>you're</span> <span m='159800'>just</span> <span m='159970'>going</span> <span m='160050'>to</span> <span m='160090'>have</span> <span m='160240'>a</span> <span m='160290'>bad</span> <span m='160590'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='161030'>And</span> <span m='161430'>the</span> <span m='161650'>amount</span> <span m='161880'>of</span> <span m='161920'>money</span> <span m='162170'>you</span> <span m='162250'>make</span> <span m='162470'>as a</span> <span m='162650'>bartender</span> <span m='163120'>depends</span> <span m='163540'>on</span> <span m='163720'>you.</span> <span m='164030'>It</span> <span m='164310'>doesn't</span> <span m='164550'>depend</span> <span m='164860'>on</span> <span m='164950'>the</span> <span m='165040'>people</span> <span m='165360'>that</span> <span m='165460'>come</span> <span m='165730'>in.</span> <span m='165920'>It</span> <span m='166010'>doesn't</span> <span m='166280'>depend</span> <span m='166700'>on</span> <span m='167640'>the</span> <span m='167780'>hours</span> <span m='168280'>that you</span> <span m='168430'>work.</span> <span m='168720'>It</span> <span m='168810'>depends</span> <span m='169260'>on</span> <span m='169760'>your</span> <span m='170000'>mood</span> <span m='170780'>and</span> <span m='171530'>whether</span> <span m='172160'>you</span> <span m='172340'>can,</span> <span m='173900'>like</span> <span m='174080'>I</span> <span m='174120'>said,</span> <span m='174320'>you</span> <span m='174420'>make</span> <span m='174630'>your</span> <span m='174810'>own</span> <span m='174980'>money</span> <span m='175390'>in this</span> <span m='175600'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='175920'>It's</span> <span m='176350'>a</span> <span m='176400'>very</span> <span m='176700'>self-motivated</span> <span m='177530'>job.</span> <span m='177800'>If</span> <span m='177900'>you're</span> <span m='178000'>not</span> <span m='178200'>self-motivated,</span> <span m='178980'>you're</span> <span m='179390'>not going to</span> <span m='179500'>make any</span> <span m='179830'>money</span> <span m='180140'>at it.</span> <span m='180700'>Here's your</span> <span m='180980'>drink,</span> <span m='181250'>here's</span> <span m='181470'>the</span> <span m='181550'>bill.</span> <span m='182130'>Dollar</span> <span m='182450'>a drink,</span> <span m='182740'>you're</span> <span m='182920'>lucky</span> <span m='183330'>if</span> <span m='183420'>you</span> <span m='183520'>get</span> <span m='183730'>that.</span> <span m='184170'>If you're</span> <span m='184260'>not</span> <span m='186440'>nice</span> <span m='186840'>to</span> <span m='186930'>people,</span> <span m='187380'>especially if</span> <span m='187850'>people</span> <span m='188150'>are</span> <span m='188250'>being</span> <span m='188410'>mean to</span> <span m='188770'>you,</span> <span m='188950'>you've got</span> <span m='189100'>to</span> <span m='189170'>just</span> <span m='189410'>deal</span> <span m='189580'>with</span> <span m='189740'>it.</span> <span m='189930'>And I</span> <span m='190030'>didn't</span> <span m='190230'>know</span> <span m='190860'>how</span> <span m='191760'>bad</span> <span m='192130'>that</span> <span m='192330'>was.</span> </p>","file":{"id":360327,"video_id":"3230316998001","name":"2084-Nick-p-Bartender","duration":193725,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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