Baristas

General Information

Description

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

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit91.74%
  2. State and local government3.68%
  3. Private, not for profit2.43%
  4. Self-employed1.61%
  5. Federal government0.18%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Restaurants and Other Eating Places
  • Special Food Services
  • Motion Picture and Video Industries

Job Outlook

Overall employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth, however, will vary by occupation. (See table below for details.) As a growing population continues to dine out, purchase take-out meals, or have food delivered, more restaurants, particularly fast-food and casual dining restaurants, are expected to open. In response, more food and beverage serving workers, including fast-food workers, will be required to serve customers. In addition, nontraditional food service operations, such as those inside grocery stores and cafeterias in hospitals and residential care facilities, will serve more prepared meals. Because these workers are essential to the operation of a food-serving establishment, they will continue to be in demand.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$19,810

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$25,950
$17,670
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Less than high school 57%
  • High school 28%
  • Some college 8%
  • Bachelor's degree 5%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Food Production
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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