Baristas
SOC: 35-3022.01

Description:

Prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
481,200 employed

Projected (2024):
510,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bar Manager
  • Barista
  • Catering Barista
  • Coffee Bar Attendant
  • Coffee Brewer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Shop Attendant
  • Coffee Sommelier
  • Gourmet Coffee Attendant
  • Sales Associate


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare or serve hot or cold beverages, such as coffee, espresso drinks, blended coffees, or teas.
  • Clean or sanitize work areas, utensils, or equipment.
  • Clean service or seating areas.
  • Check temperatures of freezers, refrigerators, or heating equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Describe menu items to customers or suggest products that might appeal to them.
  • Order, receive, or stock supplies or retail products.
  • Provide customers with product details, such as coffee blend or preparation descriptions.
  • Receive and process customer payments.
  • Serve prepared foods, such as muffins, biscotti, or bagels.
  • Stock customer service stations with paper products or beverage preparation items.
  • Take customer orders and convey them to other employees for preparation.
  • Take out garbage.
  • Weigh, grind, or pack coffee beans for customers.
  • Wrap, label, or date food items for sale.
  • Create signs to advertise store products or events.
  • Demonstrate the use of retail equipment, such as espresso machines.
  • Prepare or serve menu items, such as sandwiches or salads.
  • Set up or restock product displays.
  • Slice fruits, vegetables, desserts, or meats for use in food service.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bagel cutters
  • Box cutters
  • Cash registers
  • Chefs' knives
  • Coffee brewing machines
  • Coffee grinders
  • Commercial kitchen microwave ovens
  • Commercial kitchen toasters
  • Computer laser printers
  • Credit card processing machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Drink blenders
  • Electronic food scales
  • Espresso makers
  • Ice machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Panini presses
  • Personal computers
  • Point of sale POS terminals
  • Restaurant dishwashers
  • Restaurant ovens
  • Steam tables
  • Tea brewers
  • Touch screen registers
  • Wireless telephone headsets
  • Accounting software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Point of sale POS software


  • food preparation and serving related


    industry stats

    SOC: 35-0000

    Total Employed: 12,577,080

    Average Annual Salary: $22,850