Barista Job Description
Baristas prepare and serve coffee and other specialty beverages. In some establishments (such as Starbucks), baristas also served baked goods and sandwiches.
For people who enjoy working in a social setting with a friendly atmosphere, working as a barista can be a rewarding experience. With the popularity of coffee shops on the rise, there are plenty of opportunities to work as a barista in most cities and towns.
This is a very popular position for students who are seeking a part-time job, though some people have made it their long-term career.
Responsibilities for baristas include:
- Taking customer orders and making their coffee or espresso to order.
- Ringing up customers at the cash register.
- Suggesting drinks based on the customer’s taste or preferences.
Work Environment and Schedule
Baristas work in standalone coffee shops, as well as coffee shops found within department stores, book stores, or other places of business.
They are required to spend most (if not all) of their shift standing on their feet helping customers. When there aren’t any customers around to help, they spend their time cleaning their work area or other areas of the store.
Many coffee shops open early in the morning and close in the evening, leaving room for two full-time shifts. For people who want a part-time job but need to work during the day, this schedule can be appealing. Weekend and holiday work is still normally required, though.
How to Become a Barista
In most places, the barista position is an entry-level position, and they will train you on the job. However, you can expect to spend some time working the cash register, taking orders, and familiarizing yourself with the menu before you start making drinks for customers.
Since baristas are the face of the coffee shops in which they work, employers normally want to hire friendly, outgoing, and courteous people to fill these positions. Strong customer skills and listening skills are highly preferred.
There are currently 445,500 baristas in the United States, with 35,040 new barista job openings created each year.
Barista jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Barista salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most baristas make between $17,200 – $20,400 per year, or $8.26 – $9.82 per hour.