Barista Serves Coffee

Baristas prepare and serve coffee, espresso, and other types of espresso-based drinks. They work in coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants. Depending on their work environment, they may take customers' orders, prepare and serve the beverages to customers, and conduct payment transactions. There are more than 4.7 million food and beverage serving and related workers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Prepare and serve espresso and other hot and cold drinks; may take customers' orders and handle payment transactions
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in large, metropolitan areas with heavy tourist and business traffic
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Speech
Experience Related part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements May have to pass a physical examination to receive health certificate that one is free of contagious diseases; drug test for some employers
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Barista Manager, or Coffee Shop Manager
  • Barista
  • Barista Trainee