What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Banquet Bartender, Bar Captain, Bartender, Mixologist

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Bartenders is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 8.9%


    Ranks #25 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #21 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.5%)
  • Master's degree (2.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (19.7%)
  • Associate's degree (10.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (34.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (27.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (5.4%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Clean tableware.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Balance receipts.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.
  • Clean food service areas.
  • Communicate with customers to resolve complaints or ensure satisfaction.
  • Take customer orders.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Manage food service operations or parts of operations.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.
  • Coordinate activities of food service staff.
  • Mix ingredients.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Plan menu options.
  • Create new recipes or food presentations.
  • Cook foods.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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