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 www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$503

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:

38.5

Unemployment:

above average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 49.4%

Proportion of female workers 50.5%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 2.9%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 14.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 53%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 9.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.8%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 78.3%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 21.8%

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




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