WHAT DO BOUNCERS DO?
Did you watch Roadhouse and think "I want to be just like Dalton?" Yeah, me too. That movie is awesome. If you can keep a cool head in stressful situations and help maintain order at big social events, you may be ready for a job as a bouncer. Bouncers are security guards that work at clubs, bars and music venues to help keep order, and make sure everyone is safe and has a good time. They monitor people by checking I.D.s and cover charge at the door, make sure nobody is acting aggressively or destructively, and protects property and equipment from damage. If a person is acting in a dangerous or unseemly manner, the bouncer’s job is to warn that person and, if needed, eject them from the venue.
HOW MUCH DO BOUNCERS MAKE?
In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that median annual income for security guards was $24,380 annually, or $11.72 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
A high school diploma or GED is sometimes needed for bouncer jobs, but there may be no education requirements. Venues serving alcohol may require that applicants be over 21.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Communication: Bouncers often work the door and must talk to people, ask for ID and take cover charge. In addition, they will need to talk to unruly patrons and possibly communicate with police if an altercation happens.
- Decision Making: Bouncers need to be able to determine what to do quickly before a situation gets out of control.
- Honesty: Bouncers must be trusted by their employer not to allow underage people into the club, or to let someone who is getting out of control stay on premises.
- Observation Skills: Bouncers need to be on the lookout for trouble, be able to see false identification, and generally be aware of their surroundings.
- Strength: If a physical altercation happens, bouncers need to be able to break up fights and physically eject people from the building or restrain them until the police can arrive.