Job Summary

In the service industry, working in hotels, restaurants and bars, bartenders have the role of mixing and serving drink to customers, either directly or indirectly through wait staff. They are also responsible for keeping the bar area clean. Bartenders may be required to communicate with patrons by presenting menus, taking orders and checking IDs. Bartenders are usually expected to work late evenings, weekends and holidays with the majority of them being part-time.


Bartenders generally carry out the following duties:

  • Receive and mix drink orders according to the recipe

  • Maintain sanitary conditions of the bar and bar equipment

  • Collect payments and return change

  • Manage and maintain the bar’s stock of supplies and equipment


Generally bartenders have no formal educational credential related to bartending but they usually undergo training for a few weeks, either on the job or through classes. Bartenders are usually required to be at least 18 years of age in most states and they should have a knowledge of the drinking laws surrounding alcoholic beverages in that state.


In order to test Bartenders effectively, employers usually administer the Customer Service Personality test. This test assesses the individual’s potential to provide great customer service by analyzing their level of extroversion, amicability, knowledge of goods and services and willingness to learn among other things. The Teamglide work ethics personality test and the eye test could also be administered to assess the individual’ readiness, ethical code of conduct and visual acuity.


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Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$22,550 per year, $10.84 per hour
Entry level qualification
No formal educational credential
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)