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

  • $873 Weekly Pay
  • 101,000 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 36.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 37.8 hours Average full-time
  • 24 years Average age
  • 59.2% female Gender Share

The number of Bar Attendants and Baristas grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 101,000 in 2017 to 112,900 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 116,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Bar Attendants and Baristas work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Retail Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (36.3%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.8 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 24 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (50.9%).
  • Gender: 59.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200769600
200867400
200969800
201074600
201181600
201285900
201387100
201490300
201593500
201696800
2017101000
2022112900

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services89.1
Arts and Recreation Services4.6
Retail Trade2.7
Manufacturing1.2
Other Industries2.4

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 2017, 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
NSW32.531.6
VIC22.626.2
QLD24.519.7
SA6.66.7
WA9.410.8
TAS1.42.0
NT1.11.1
ACT1.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-1916.7-5.25.2
20-2434.2-9.99.9
25-3431.5-23.623.6
35-446.7-21.721.7
45-546.0-20.820.8
55-592.4-8.88.8
60-641.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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