Summary Report for:
35-3022.01 - Baristas
Prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.
Sample of reported job titles: Bar Manager, Barista, Catering Barista, Sales Associate
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- 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
Tools used in this occupation:
- Cappuccino or espresso machines — Espresso makers
- Cash registers
- Commercial use blenders — Drink blenders
- Commercial use coffee grinders — Coffee grinders
- Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers — Coffee brewing machines; Tea brewers
- Commercial use cutlery — Chefs' knives
- Commercial use dishwashers — Restaurant dishwashers
- Commercial use food slicers — Bagel cutters
- Commercial use food warmers — Steam tables
- Commercial use grills — Panini presses
- Commercial use microwave ovens — Commercial kitchen microwave ovens
- Commercial use ovens — Restaurant ovens
- Commercial use scales — Electronic food scales
- Commercial use toasters — Commercial kitchen toasters
- Desktop computers
- Ice dispensers — Ice machines
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines
- Personal computers
- Phone headsets — Wireless telephone headsets
- Point of sale POS terminal — Point of sale POS terminals
- Razor knives — Box cutters
- Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
- Touch screen monitors — Touch screen registers
Technology used in this occupation:
Detailed Work Activities
- Process customer bills or payments.
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Cook foods.
- Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
- Take customer orders.
- Clean tableware.
- Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.
- Cut cooked or raw foods.
- Store supplies or goods in kitchens or storage areas.
- Serve food or beverages.
- Clean food service areas.
- Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel.
- Prepare hot or cold beverages.
- Train food preparation or food service personnel.
- Assess equipment functioning.
- Package food or supplies.
- Measure ingredients.
- Remove trash.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
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|
|Employment (2012)||439,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||267,800|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.