Bartenders

(NOC 6512)

in All Sales and Service

Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and other licensed establishments. Supervisors of bartenders are included in this group.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 5260 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Bartenders may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 35% of Bartenders who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $20,075. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$12.25

Median

$22.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,300

Minimum

$14,865

Median

$25,304

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$21.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Bartenders mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and other licensed establishments. Supervisors of bartenders are included in this group.

Job duties

Bartenders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.
  • Mix liquor, soft drinks, water and other ingredients to prepare cocktails and other drinks.
  • Prepare mixed drinks, wine, draft or bottled beer and non-alcoholic beverages for food and beverage servers or serve directly to patrons.
  • Collect payment for beverages and record sales.
  • Maintain inventory and control of bar stock and order supplies.
  • Clean bar area and wash glassware.
  • Ensure compliance with provincial/territorial liquor legislation and regulations.
  • May train and supervise other bartenders and bar staff.
  • May hire and dismiss staff.

Sample job titles

  • bar attendant
  • bar steward
  • barkeeper
  • barman/barwoman
  • bartender
  • bartenders supervisor
  • head bartender
  • lounge supervisor-bartender
  • managing bartender

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should be friendly, well-spoken, well-groomed, and enthusiastic about the service. Good organizational and mathematical skills are necessary. You must be pleasant to both your customers and co-workers, even when working under pressure. The ability to remember details and orders is essential. You must also be able to move gracefully and quickly. Bartenders are on their feet most of the time and often have to carry heavy trays glassware, requiring physical fitness and stamina. For some positions, knowledge of a second language is an asset.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school may be required.
  • Completion of college or other program in bartending or completion of courses in mixing drinks is usually required.
  • Responsible beverage service certification may be required.

Other considerations

Progression to managerial positions in food and beverage service is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

990

employed in 2016

57.1%

employed full-time

1.0%

self employed

57.8%
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42.2%
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33.7

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

6.2%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

52.6%

Halifax

19.3%

Cape Breton

10.8%

Annapolis Valley

9.6%

Northern

8.4%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

73.2%

Accommodation and Food Services

9.6%

Other Services

8.1%

Information, Culture & Recreation

3.0%

Public Administration

2.0%

Educational Services

What is the age of Employment?

29.3%

15-24

25.1%

25-34

16.2%

35-44

16.2%

55-64

11.5%

45-54

2.1%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

55-64

Top levels of education

35.6%

High school

$7,957 median annual income
23.3%

Bachelor's degree

$12,570 median annual income
17.4%

College certificate or diploma

$9,979 median annual income
13.6%

Less than high school

$3,043 median annual income
6.4%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Sales and Service

40.4%

High school

$12,982 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$19,514 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$9,486 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$20,807 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$18,797 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Bartending/bartender

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to professionally prepare mixed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and related products and manage bars, lounges, and beverage service operations in the hospitality industry. These programs include courses in mixology, oenology, accounting and cash management, inventory and cellar management, bar and lounge management, applicable laws and regulations, customer service, and labour/employment regulations.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
2830 Agricola Street Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3K 4E4
Tel: (800) 665-3463
Fax: (902) 429-0659
Nova Scotia Tourism Talent
2089 Maitland Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2Z8
Tel: (800) 948-4267
Fax: (902) 422-0184
Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Sector Council
2089 Maitland Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2Z8
Tel: (902) 422-5853
Fax: (902) 422-0184

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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