In different types of settings, including bars, hotels and entertainment venues, bartenders are responsible for serving patrons nonalcoholic and alcohol drinks, including mixed beverages. They also often have to perform cleaning and money-handing tasks, such as cleaning up the bar area and counting the register at the end of the night. Bartenders take care of customers' needs but are also responsible for ensuring that people don't drink too much alcohol.
Skills Set Bartenders usually need to have basic math skills to be able to run a register. Having strong communication skills can help someone to become a successful bartender because someone in this profession generally needs to be able to interact with a wide range of people. Many bartenders also have good memories and can handle the physically demanding aspects of the job.
Education Most bars don't require bartenders to have advanced degrees. Some establishments want bartenders to be over a certain age, such as 18, 21 or 25 years old, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many bartenders get on-the-job training when they first start out, especially at their first bars. Reading mixology books can help bartenders to learn how to make a number of different drinks. Some bartenders choose to attend bartending schools or classes, through which they can learn about laws by which bartenders need to abide.
Career Path Many people start out as bussers or waiters and gradually work their way up to being bartenders. Working in a higher-end establishment can allow a bartender to earn more money or have a better chance of advancing into a management position.