Bartenders mix and serve beverages (often alcoholic) at locations like restaurants, hotels, bars, and clubs. They may also be responsible for greeting customers and answering questions, distributing menus, checking customer ID, collecting customer payment, cleaning, and maintaining stock of bar supplies. Bartenders often work late evenings, weekends, and holidays, and about 50% of bartenders work part-time hours. Because bartenders are usually trained on-the-job, there are no specific requirements for bartenders’ education or professional experience; however, many bartenders are promoted from previous positions in establishments where they have already worked. Additionally, many states have laws regulating the minimum age of bartenders, often ranging from 18 to 21 years old. This profession is expected to grow 12% over the next ten years. People seeking bartending work should expect strong competition in upscale restaurants and hotels.
Median Pay: $18,900 per year, $9.09 per hour (including tips)
Required Education: Less than high school
Required Experience: None
Job Outlook: 12% (as fast as average)