JobsNow: Bartending serves up multiple career options

It sounds simple to pour drinks, but bartenders do much more.

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.


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.

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