Bouncers provide security for clubs and events and ensure that only authorized people enter a venue. This may require referring to a guest list and checking identification to ensure that everyone is of legal age to enter an area. Bouncers may also perform pat-downs and check bags of people entering a venue to ensure that no restricted items are brought inside.
Strong knowledge of the venue’s policies is necessary in order to properly enforce these rules, and this job requires a commanding presence to project authority. Though this is important to control the flow of people into the venue, it is also important to be friendly to avoid unreasonably intimidating guests. Strong physical endurance is also important, as bouncers often stand for the majority of their shifts.
This job often involves working late-night and weekend hours, and positions are usually part-time or on-call. Usually, there are no minimum educational requirements, though some employers may require a high school diploma or prefer those who have prior work experience in security. Bouncers may also have to pass background screening and have a clean work history. Generally, they must also be of legal drinking age to work in venues which serve alcohol. Some bouncers may have duties as a bar-back when needed, which involves assisting bartender and stocking the bar with beverages, and tips may be received in this position.