How to become a Barista

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

Personal requirements of a Barista

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good memory
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Good personal presentation
  • Confidence in handling money
  • Able to stand for long periods

Education & Training for a Barista

You can work as a barista without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You can become a barista through a VET qualification in hospitality. Many training providers also offer short courses in coffee making. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a barista through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 37.3%

NT 0.7%

QLD 14.2%

SA 4.4%

TAS 2.4%

VIC 26.6%

WA 13%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 49.4%

Female 50.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 2.9%

Not completed Year 12: 14.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 53%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 9.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 78.3%

Above 35 years: 21.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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