Have you considered earning your bartending certification? One of the biggest benefits to bartending is that you can get a job with very little training. Many certification courses for bartenders are only about a month long! For more information, check out the frequently asked questions below.
What is the job outlook for bartenders?
The bartending occupation is expected to grow by about 10% from now through 2018. This is about as fast as the average across all occupations in the United States. If you want to know how much money you will make, consider that bartenders’ salary is usually around $21,000 annually. Also keep in mind that this doesn’t include tips. Like any profession in the hospitality industry, from those who work in restaurants to people employed by hotels, tips will be a major part of your income. Exactly how much you will make in tips depends entirely on where you work and how personable of a bartender you are. If you work at a more upscale restaurant or bar, especially a place where the clientele tends to have a higher income, you will make more in tips. Your tips also depend on how busy the bar, restaurant, or club at which you work is. As you can imagine, you will have a hard time making tips if you only have a few customers per shift!
What kind of training does bartending require?
Most people can earn their bartending certification simply by taking one training course. The length of time the class takes to complete depends on the institution offering it, the certification type offered, and what exactly the instruction includes. Some classes are as short as two days, and others last five weeks or longer. The length of time it takes to complete the course might also depend on your schedule; if you can go to class every day you will be done faster than if you can only attend training sessions on weekends.
What will I learn in class?
Bartending training focuses on teaching you how to mix a large variety of drinks – often over 100 over the course of your training. Oftentimes experienced bartenders instruct you in how to make both more traditional beverages and trendier cocktails. You will get hands-on practice making the drinks behind a real bar yourself so that after you complete class you will feel comfortable making drinks in a real, professional setting. You might also be taught how to serve responsibly, how to spot when a customer is too intoxicated for you to continue serving him or her, and how to deal with intoxicated and unruly patrons. You might also be taught how to open and close a bar, how to properly keep the bar clean, and about beer and wine service. Depending on where you go to school, you might also be taught about certain characteristics of different drinks and alcohols, such as their history and regional influence, so that you have greater product knowledge and can educate customers if they ask questions.