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35-3022.01 - Baristas

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

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Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Cappuccino or espresso machines — Espresso makers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash registers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use blenders — Drink blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use coffee grinders — Coffee grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers — Coffee brewing machines; Tea brewers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use cutlery — Chefs' knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use dishwashers — Restaurant dishwashers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food slicers — Bagel cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food warmers — Steam tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use grills — Panini presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use microwave ovens — Commercial kitchen microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use ovens — Restaurant ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use scales — Electronic food scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use toasters — Commercial kitchen toasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ice dispensers — Ice machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Phone headsets — Wireless telephone headsets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS terminal — Point of sale POS terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Box cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors — Touch screen registers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Process customer bills or payments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cook foods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Take customer orders. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean tableware. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut cooked or raw foods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store supplies or goods in kitchens or storage areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Serve food or beverages. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean food service areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train food preparation or food service personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess equipment functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package food or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove trash. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ECR

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop.
Employment data collected from Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop.
Industry data collected from Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop.

Median wages (2014) $9.01 hourly, $18,740 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 439,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 267,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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