YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – When times are tough or when times are good, there are always people ready to drink, which makes bartending a good temporary job or one for the long haul.
It sounds simple to pour drinks, but bartenders do much more. Mary Dietrich knows you can be a therapist, a listener and even a friend, all while mixing drinks.
“You’re making a customer happy, which is the entire point of the bartending industry, which is giving somebody something that they enjoy that you created, and it’s a good interaction,” she said.
Dietrich has a unique background. She has been a bartender since graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in forensic science. But, she said, her real love is for the job she has now.
“At this point, I can’t go back into forensics unless I go to grad school,” said Dietrich. “I am enjoying bartending and will probably do something with that in my future.”
Dietrich said she would like a bigger role in the future, maybe opening her own place. The Magic Tree Pub and Eatery, where Dietrich works, has expanded her role, giving her a taste of what it could be like.
“They let me make all of our house infusions here, so that’s kinda nice that they trust me to understand and I know what’s going to taste well in a drink,” she said.
Mary is approaching her bartending seriously, too. A wine expert is called a sommelier. She is working on becoming a cicerone, which is a beer expert.
It’s just another thing which can set her apart as she makes bartending a career.
“You learn a lot about flavors and your palate expands, and you get to learn a lot about new ingredients and how to incorporate them,” she said. “It’s a lot like cooking, baking. It’s all about flavors.”
Bartending is a good training ground for running a restaurant, so it can lead to many opportunities.
To learn more about bartending jobs in the area, visit the Ohio Means Jobs website.