Bar Attendants and Baristas prepare, mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to patrons in bars in licensed establishments, and prepare and serve espresso coffee and other hot beverages to patrons in cafes, coffee shops and dining establishments.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Most workers have Year 12 has their highest level of education. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Additional tickets (like Responsible Service of Alcohol) may be required.

Tasks

  • preparing, serving and selling cocktails, mixed drinks, bottled, canned and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a variety of coffee beverages such as lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso-based beverages
  • cleaning and maintaining bar service areas, coffee-making areas and espresso machines
  • collecting payment for sales and operating cash registers
  • promoting services and products
  • washing glassware and arranging bottles and glasses
  • tapping kegs and attaching supply lines
  • replenishing drink dispensers, shelves and refrigerators
  • selling light snacks
  • selecting and grinding coffee

Job Titles

  • Bar Attendant
  • Barista
  • Bar Attendant (also called Bar Steward)

    Prepares, mixes and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to patrons in a bar in a licensed establishment.

  • Barista

    Prepares and serves espresso coffee and other hot beverages to patrons in a cafe, coffee shop, restaurant or dining establishment.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $873 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    93700
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    41.9%
  • Female Share

    58.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    33.7%

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This is a very large occupation employing 93,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Bar Attendants and Baristas work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $873 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 23 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 5 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200565400
200666900
200770600
200864600
200977500
201075100
201187300
201286300
201388500
201489400
201593700
2020105400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsBar Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8731230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBar Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs Average
Full-time33.768.4
Part-time66.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.940

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Accommodation and Food Services89.2
Arts and Recreation Services5.3
Manufacturing1.9
Retail Trade1.1
Other Industries2.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBar Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs Average
NSW36.731.8
VIC17.725.5
QLD2219.8
SA66.8
WA1311.2
TAS1.92
NT1.11.1
ACT1.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBar Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1915.9-5.45.4
20-2438.9-9.99.9
25-3425.7-23.423.4
35-448.5-21.721.7
45-546.1-21.121.1
55-592.5-8.78.7
60-641.7-5.95.9
65 and Over0.8-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBar Attendants and BaristasCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males41.9Males53.6
Females58.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBar Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV12.9-18.918.9
Year 1250.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1011.7-17.717.7
Below Year 102-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Most workers have Year 12 has their highest level of education. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Additional tickets (like Responsible Service of Alcohol) may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Bar Attendants and Baristas with good interpersonal skill, are well presented and provide good customer service.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    93% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    69% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Administration and Management

    64% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. English Language

    63% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Psychology

    62% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    97% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  2. Building Good Relationships

    85% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    81% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Getting Information

    80% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    79% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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