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How to become a Barista

  1. Find a coffee shop you love or one where you could see yourself becoming a regular and get to know the staff working there.
  2. After a few weeks of regular business and engagement, express your interest in wanting to work there.
  3. If not immediately, once an opening for a cashier or busser becomes available, take the job and work your way up.
  4. If experience is required to work at your favorite coffee shop, offer to work there for free a few days to show your eagerness and passion.
  5. You could also search job posts for coffee shops willing to train or go to a chain coffee shop, like Starbucks, and get six months under your belt; they typically do not require previous experience.

What skills help Baristas find jobs?

  • Guest Services
  • Barista Experience
  • Food Service
  • Coffee Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Serving Experience
  • Cash Handling
  • Cashiering
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Sanitation
  • Upselling
  • Hospitality Experience

Career progression for Barista

Education levels for Baristas

0%2%3%95%Master's DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Barista job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience22k23k24k25k26kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Barista in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Baristas

  • Food Handler Certification
  • ServSafe
  • MAST Permit
  • Bartender License
  • TIPS
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • Driver's License
  • TABC Certified
  • AED Certification
  • Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Barista

Do you need special training to become a barista?

Most employers do not have any specific qualifications to become a barista. However, you can get professional training through school programs or barista certification courses you take online.

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What are the best skills of a barista to highlight on a resume?

A barista resume should mention excellence in customer service, teamwork, unflappability in stressful moments, efficiency and error-free speed in a busy environment, sales skills, communication effectiveness, reliability and versatility with point-of-sale and register cash management.

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