Bartenders – NOC 6512 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people actively working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7, 2016, when the unemployment rate was 7.8% in SDG and 5.3% in PR.


of People Working in this Occupation

47.6% of the workforce has a college certificate or diploma

38.1% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

12.0% of the workforce is age 45 to 64

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

80% of bartenders work in the accommodation and food services sector.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.

Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.

A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.

High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

Bilingualism may be an asset.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 2.1% – 3%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Nearly half of the bartenders are employed in full-service restaurants. Drinking places (alcoholic beverages) such as night clubs and bars are also key employers. The growing popularity of craft breweries and investments in new brew pubs and restaurants across various areas of the province bode well for this occupation. The level of tourism activities is expected to be boosted by the lower Canadian dollar and stronger United States economy. Further, the hotel industry in Ontario, which employs a small share of these workers, is attracting new investments. These trends should add demand for bartenders.

This occupation has minimal training requirements, a relatively young workforce and a high degree of part-time and shift work. Job opportunities will therefore be more favourable for individuals who are willing to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays as required. A significant number of job openings are expected to arise from high turnover as workers pursue other employment opportunities. Bartenders with previous experience in this role, or who have worked as food and beverage servers, as well as those who have completed a bartending course may also fare better in the job market. As various forms of social media increasingly play an important role in today’s society, bartenders who can help management attract guests and promote their business may have better employment opportunities.

The Liquor Licence Act of Ontario requires every person involved in the sale or service of liquor to successfully complete a server training course called Smart Serve that is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to serve alcohol in the province.