What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Banquet Bartender, Bar Captain, Bar Manager, Bar Supervisor, Bartender, Mixologist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Bartenders in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Bartenders is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 5.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #27 in job growth rate
  • 1,840

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #20 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (2.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (18.4%)
  • Associate's degree (9.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (36.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (26.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (6.1%)

Percent of workers in this field

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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.

Activities: what you might do in a day

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.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 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

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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