A bouncer's typical duties include checking identification at the door, removing unruly patrons from a bar or club and moving equipment and products around. The traditional view of a bouncer is that of a huge, tough, male brawler. Women do work as bouncers, however, and some bar owners think they do at least as good a job.
At the Door
The primary position for a bouncer when clubs open or bars pick up at night is at the door checking IDs. One of the bouncer's key roles is to spot fake IDs or underaged, would-be patrons and turn them away. This can lead to grief from those trying to sneak their way in. A female bouncer who conveys an assertive and matter-of-fact attitude when necessary but an otherwise pleasant demeanor is a perfect fit, bar owner Darwin Sampson stated in an article on Madison.com.
In the Crowds
The other key, challenging role of a bouncer is to resolve conflicts or break up crowds in a club or bar to prevent fights and damage. Conventional wisdom has it that a male bouncer works better for this role. Some bar owners emphasize the importance of a bouncer with strong people skills and the ability to de-escalate a situation, however. This may lead to a preference for an assertive but calm female who may have less propensity to fight than a male.
Other Duties as Assigned
The more front-and-center roles of a bouncer aren't always in play, so bar owners rely on bouncers to pitch in with other tasks when not at the door or dealing with a problem. Hauling kegs, pushing dollies with products, moving tables and chairs and occasional cleaning are among the other jobs a bouncer may take on. A helpful attitude and a reasonable level of physical strength are necessary for success in these roles.
The nature of the work affects a bouncer's life both on the job and away from work. Bouncers commonly start a shift between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and work until 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thus, an ability to stay up late and stay alert is key. You also need a tolerance for crowd noise and loud music in some environments. In busier, more intense clubs and bars, a high stress tolerance also helps in dealing with patron difficulties.
Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.