We surveyed 12,959 bartenders to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical bartender. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a bartender?

Low

High

Working as a bartender typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a bartender?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a bartender typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a bartender?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a bartender. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for bartenders.

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Do bartenders work full-time or part-time?

52% of bartenders work in full-time roles while 48% work part-time.

Is being a bartender stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst bartenders, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a bartender?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a bartender.

How competitive is the workplace for bartenders?

Low

High

Bartenders see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a bartender require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Bartenders will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are bartenders allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Bartenders are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do bartenders have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Bartenders tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a bartender physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a bartender requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are bartenders exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, bartenders tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a bartender require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for bartenders.

Does being a good bartender require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as bartenders.