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Bartender

Prepare and serve drinks to customers in licensed bars or establishments.

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What can I earn as a Bartender?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Bartender is between $50k and $60k
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How to become a Bartender


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Bartenders are not required to have formal educational qualifications, but they do need certificates such as a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) to allow them to work.

  1. You will need a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. These are available through TAFE, hospitality schools, private training institutes and online.
  2. If you plan to work in gaming too, you’ll need a Responsible Service of Gambling (RSG) certificate.
  3. Alternatively, consider completing a Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20316) or Certificate III in Hospitality (SIT30616) which will prepare you for roles in the hospitality industry and may meet the requirements for RSA, depending on your state.

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How do Bartenders rate their role?

Latest reviews from 48 Bartenders surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.4

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Feb 2020
hospitality is not a career it is a part time work only. dont make the mistake of thinking you will have a good life being in hospitality
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hospitality
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Bartending
The good things
waiting I a terrible job as is hospitality in general. it Is not a career unless you plan to buy your own restaurant or you are in head office roles. pay is terrible and it should be worse. hospitalit...
The challenges
waiting and hospitality is in no way challenging it is the easiest possible job available. just smile be happy and work.
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May 2021
Hospitality is always excited and laid back, but could do with some stability in all avenues
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Hospitality
The good things
Energetic environment, music keeps everyone’s spirit up and able to connect to your work colleagues outside of work and build friendships, learning about alcohol in-depth to better communicate with cu...
The challenges
Team management, distances traveled for suitable paying jobs, usually located in the city to accommodate the large patrons that go into the city and getting enough shifts or routine.
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What are the job opportunities for Bartenders?

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National increase over next 5 years *
10.9%
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