Baristas prepare and serve espresso coffee and other hot beverages to patrons in cafes, coffee shops, restaurants or dining establishments.

    You can work as a Barista 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 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.
    • 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

    Baristas

    • 37,200 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 31% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 24 years Average age
    • 68% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Baristas (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 21,600 in 2011 to 37,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Location: Baristas work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Accommodation and Food Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (31%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 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 (54%).
    • Gender: 68% 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 Services85.9
    Retail Trade5.9
    Manufacturing3.7
    Arts and Recreation Services1.1
    Other Industries3.4

    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.
    StateBaristasAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC23.725.6
    QLD24.220.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA10.910.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.21.9

    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 BracketBaristasAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1920.5-5.05.0
    20-2433.3-9.39.3
    25-3427.5-22.922.9
    35-449.7-22.022.0
    45-546.0-21.621.6
    55-591.8-9.09.0
    60-640.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBaristasAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.2-21.121.1
    Year 1243.7-18.118.1
    Year 117.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.0-12.512.5

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

    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.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      50% Skill level

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

    2. Sales and Marketing

      40% Skill level

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

    3. Food Production

      37% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    4. English Language

      33% Skill level

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

    5. Administration and Management

      33% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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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, 35-3022.01 - Baristas.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend Time Standing

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Contact With Others

      93% Important

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

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. Deal With External Customers

      87% Important

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

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      86% Important

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

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 35-3022.01 - Baristas.

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