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Career and Education Opportunities for Bartenders in Grand Prairie, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for bartenders. About 25,240 people are currently employed as bartenders in Texas. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 29% to 32,480 people employed. This is better than the national trend for bartenders, which sees this job pool growing by about 8.0% over the next eight years. Bartenders generally mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

The income of a bartender is about $7 hourly or $15,780 per year on average in Texas. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $8 per hour or $17,770 per year on average. Earnings for bartenders are better than earnings in the general category of Bartending in Texas and better than general Bartending category earnings nationally. People working as bartenders can fill a number of jobs, such as: taproom attendant, mixologist, and bar tender.

The Grand Prairie area is home to seventy-four schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Grand Prairie where you can get a degree as a bartender. Bartenders usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a bartender if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Bartender

Bartender video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, bartenders mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

Bartenders clean bars and tables. They also take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from customers. Equally important, bartenders have to clean glasses and bar equipment. They are often called upon to attempt to limit problems and liability pertaining to patrons' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading patrons to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated customers. They are expected to collect money for drinks served. Finally, bartenders balance cash receipts.

Every day, bartenders are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for bartenders to serve wine, and bottled or draft beer. They are often called upon to balance cash receipts. They also order or requisition liquors and supplies. They are sometimes expected to develop drink recipes. Somewhat less frequently, bartenders are also expected to ready appetizers such as pickles and cold meats.

Bartenders sometimes are asked to formulate bar menus. They also have to be able to supervise the work of bar staff and other bartenders And finally, they sometimes have to ask patrons who become loud and obnoxious to leave, or physically remove them.

Like many other jobs, bartenders must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and believe in cooperation and coordination.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Bartender Training

Aims Academy - Carrollton, TX

Aims Academy, 1711 S. Interstate 35E, Carrollton, TX 75006. Aims Academy is a small school located in Carrollton, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 100 students. Aims Academy has a less than one year program in Bartending/Bartender which graduated thirty-five students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Beer Judge: The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills.

For more information, see the Beer Judge Certification Program website.

ServSafe Alcohol: The ServSafe Alcohol program outlines effective responsible alcohol service practices for all front-of-the-house staff, including bartenders, waiters, hosts, busers, security and valets.

For more information, see the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Prairie, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas photo by Lothar1976

Grand Prairie is situated in Dallas County, Texas. It has a population of over 160,641, which has grown by 26.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Prairie, 90, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Prairie are priced at $174,200 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, five hundred forty-four new homes were built in Grand Prairie, down from 1,058 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Grand Prairie are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 19.3% of Grand Prairie residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 5.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Prairie is 8.7%, which is greater than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Grand Prairie residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.1%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, Celestial Church of Christ and Saint Andrew Church are some of the churches located in Grand Prairie. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Grand Prairie is home to Kennedy Middle School Football Stadium and Hendrix Park. Visitors to Grand Prairie can choose from Blue Sky Hospitality, Amerisuites and Comfort Inn for temporary stays in the area.