Most bartending professionals are students or individuals transitioning in between careers. However, some people choose to continue bartending because they like to work with people and enjoy the tips. Find out if bartending is right for you.

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Although bartenders primarily serve alcoholic beverages, some also take food orders while doubling as waiters or waitresses. Some bars have equipment that automatically measures and pours beverages, but bartenders still need to know how to create different cocktails and mixed drinks by hand.

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Degree programs in bartending aren't available, but schools may have certificate programs and courses in bartending that are specifically tailored to cover state laws. Course topics may examine unusual or potentially violent situations, serving sizes, alcohol laws and intoxication prevention. Other programs might cover different aspects of food service. Aspiring bartenders can also receive on-the-job training.

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