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 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 33%


    Ranks #29 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #28 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (2%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (19%)
  • Associate's degree  (11%)
  • Some college, no degree  (33%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (29%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (6%)

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 28.2 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

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

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