Name: Soraya Papadakis
Company: The Stag, Costa Mesa
Thumbs up: "I like knowing everybody."
Thumbs down: "If I didn't completely enjoy this I wouldn't do it. My hardest time though is when it's slow."
Advice: "Treat your clientele like you'd want to be treated. Always remember each person is an individual."
Salary range: Trainees start at minimum wage; experienced bartenders can earn from $5 to $12 an hour, not including tips.
Hours: Bartenders usually work evenings, weekends and holidays.
Educational and training requirements: Mostly on-the-job training.
Size of work force: There are about 3,880 bartenders in the county.
Expected demand: An estimated 800 more bartenders will be needed in the county in the next five years.
For more information: Ask questions of a prospective employer. Also call the state Employment Development Department.
Source: Employment Development Department