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Become A Barista

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Working As A Barista

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $19,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Barista Do

A Barista promotes coffee consumption through preparing and serving a variety of coffee drinks. They are generally hired in coffee shops, restaurants, and other hospitality establishments.

How To Become A Barista

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Top Skills for A Barista


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Top Barista Skills

  1. Espresso Drinks
  2. Starbucks
  3. Customer Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared espresso drinks, waited on customers, cleared tables and kept kitchen clean.
  • Completed transactions while offering legendary Starbucks customer service.
  • Take customer orders and convey them to other employees for preparation.
  • Performed daily task to maintain a clean and stocked Cafe at all times, while providing customers with outstanding service.
  • Operated an espresso machine and cash register, answered customer calls and questions, performed cleaning and maintenance tasks, stocked products

Top Barista Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Barista

  1. Starbucks
  2. Dunkin' Donuts
  3. Target
  4. Barnes & Noble
  5. Panera Bread
  6. Caribou Coffee
  7. Safeway Logistics - Safeway Moving System
  8. Peet's Coffee
  9. Aramark
  10. Kroger
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