Bar Attendants prepare, mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to patrons in licensed establishments.
Also known as: Bar Steward.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Bar Attendant. Some workers have a certificate III in hospitality.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Bar Attendants and Baristas, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 28% of people employed as Bar Attendants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 38 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Bar Attendants work in the Accommodation and food services industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Bar Attendants||All Jobs Average|
Around 44% of Bar Attendants live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - City and Inner South
- Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
- Gold Coast
- Sydney - Eastern Suburbs.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Bar Attendants is 24 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 20 to 24 years.
Females make up 51% of the workforce. This is 3 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Bar Attendants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.4||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Bar Attendant. Some workers have a certificate III in hospitality.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Bar Attendants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||13.0||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Bar Attendants and Baristas with good interpersonal skill, are well presented and provide good customer service.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Looking for ways to help people.
Talking to others.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
36%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
34%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
74%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
44%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
38%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
35%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
35%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
35%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
34%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
31%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
25%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
21%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
17%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
15%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
15%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Read and understand written information.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
39%Whole body coordination
Move your arms, legs, and body together.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
78%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
77%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
72%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
64%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
62%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
59%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
56%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
53%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
52%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
51%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
50%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
49%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
48%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
47%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
45%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
43%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
43%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
39%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
37%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
99%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
95%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
91%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
82%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
82%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
81%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
81%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
80%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
79%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
78%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
78%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
77%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
75%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
73%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
Talk on the telephone.
69%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
67%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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