Bar Attendants prepare, mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to patrons in licensed establishments.

Also known as: Bar Steward.

You can work as a Bar Attendant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Prepares, serves and sells 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.
  • Cleans and maintains bar service area, coffee-making area and espresso machine.
  • Collects payment for sales and operates cash registers.
  • Promotes services and products.
  • Washes glassware and arranges bottles and glasses.
  • Taps kegs and attaches supply lines.
  • Replenishes drink dispensers, shelves and refrigerators.
  • Sells light snacks.
  • Selects and grinds coffee.

More about Bar Attendants and Baristas

All Bar Attendants and Baristas

  • $1,154 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Bar Attendants

  • 46,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 28% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 24 years Average age
  • 51% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Bar Attendants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 46,400 in 2011 to 46,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Bar Attendants work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (28%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 24 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (50%).
  • Gender: 51% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Accommodation and Food Services91.0
Arts and Recreation Services5.2
Retail Trade0.7
Manufacturing0.6
Other Industries2.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBar AttendantsAll Jobs Average
NSW42.431.6
VIC17.625.6
QLD19.420.0
SA6.97.0
WA8.810.8
TAS2.22.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBar AttendantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1912.1-5.05.0
20-2438.1-9.39.3
25-3426.0-22.922.9
35-449.1-22.022.0
45-547.6-21.621.6
55-593.4-9.09.0
60-642.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBar AttendantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV14.9-21.121.1
Year 1247.4-18.118.1
Year 115.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Bar Attendant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certificate
  • responsible service of gambling certificate

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    74% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Psychology

    51% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Sales and Marketing

    44% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  4. English Language

    39% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    38% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact With Others

    99% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Spend Time Standing

    95% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  3. Deal With External Customers

    91% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    90% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    88% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 35-3011.00 - Bartenders.

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