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.

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

    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

    More about Bar Attendants and Baristas

    All Bar Attendants and Baristas

    All Bar Attendants and Baristas

    • $1,154 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 107,900 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 29% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 24 years Average age
    • 59% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Bar Attendants and Baristas (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 90,700 in 2014 to 107,900 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Location: Bar Attendants and Baristas work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,154 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (29%, 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 (52%).
    • Gender: 59% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200969900
    201074600
    201181500
    201286000
    201387400
    201490700
    201594000
    201697000
    2017105300
    2018104500
    2019107900
    2024119600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings11541460

    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 Services88.7
    Arts and Recreation Services3.4
    Retail Trade3.0
    Manufacturing2.0
    Other Industries2.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: 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 Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.531.6
    VIC20.325.6
    QLD21.620.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA9.810.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketBar Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1915.8-5.05.0
    20-2436.0-9.39.3
    25-3426.7-22.922.9
    35-449.4-22.022.0
    45-546.9-21.621.6
    55-592.7-9.09.0
    60-641.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: 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 Attendants and BaristasAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.6-21.121.1
    Year 1245.7-18.118.1
    Year 116.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Bar Attendant or Barista 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.
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    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

      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 people

      99% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Spend time standing

      95% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    3. Contact with the public

      91% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      90% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Teamwork

      88% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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