Have you ever wondered: how did the bartender make this drink taste AND look great?!
If this aesthetic looking drink piqued your interest, then you may find yourself wondering if being a bartender is right for you.
The Social Aspect
When we think of bartenders, many of us have had experiences where we go to that one bar with the one bartender we want to socialize with.
Bartenders should have a knack for being social butterflies. They don't just serve our favorite drinks to us, but they also end up becoming our companions.
Bartenders should be:
sociable, positive, and friendly
able to maintain composure in crowded and loud settings
able to establish boundaries between customers if needed
ready to deal with rambunctious and inebriated patrons
Which of these personalities is the best fit for a bartender?
A Fast-Paced Environment
If you go into a bar on a busy Saturday night, you can already tell there's no playing around for the bartenders. If you work in a bar or restaurant, you'll usually be working in a fast-paced environment.
Because of this, bartenders must have:
strong communication skills to take orders and delegate
competence in making drinks quickly
the ability to maintain composure and stay calm
a good sense of urgency and awareness
Who would NOT be suitable in a fast-paced environment?
The average median wage of a bartender is around $26,000 US and also $26,000 CA. The top 90th percentile in the US makes about $48,000. Tips may increase these wages significantly.
How much you make also depends on:
The type of bar/restaurant you work in
The population density of your area
The average age of a bartender in the US is 33 years old.
This may suggest that young adults who bartend usually do so as a part-time job while in school or as supplemental income.
For those who may seek an upwards trajectory in their career, they may find work after as a:
liquor sales representative