Bartenders

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About the Job

Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

It is also Called

  • Bar Attendant
  • Bar Captain
  • Barkeep
  • Barkeeper
  • Barmaid
  • Barman
  • Bar Manager
  • Bartender
  • Bar Tender
  • Bartender Extra

What They Do

  • Create drink recipes.
  • Prepare appetizers such as pickles, cheese, and cold meats.
  • Plan bar menus.
  • Supervise the work of bar staff and other bartenders.
  • Order or requisition liquors and supplies.
  • Plan, organize, and control the operations of a cocktail lounge or bar.
  • Arrange bottles and glasses to make attractive displays.
  • Ask customers who become loud and obnoxious to leave, or physically remove them.
  • Slice and pit fruit for garnishing drinks.
  • Serve snacks or food items to customers seated at the bar.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ECR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $23,750 with most people making between $16,280 and $36,370

Outlook

0.51%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 14,700 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 15,450 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 75 openings due to growth and about 525 replacement openings for approximately 600 total annual openings.