There are no specific guidelines for this position. However, a high-school diploma or equivalent is preferred. There are also special education opportunities available for those who are serious in pursuing this field. Classes and workshops are typically a few days long, and they cover multiple levels of being a barista, from learning the basics about coffee to unique and tough blends. There are also workshops available for those that are interested in opening their own coffee shop or turning their skill into a business.

Baristas should have general knowledge of different coffee bean roasts. They should also be able to be on their feet for long periods of time. It is essential to be very attentive and be able to quickly take orders and interact with customers courteously. Baristas must have excellent communication skills and appear neat, friendly and reliable. There will be situations where a customer may complain and the employee must be able to resolve the issue in a calm and professional manner. Baristas must also be able to keep up with the rush hour, as many customers will enter the store and all of their orders must be filled in a timely manner.

What are Baristas like?


Based on our pool of users, baristas tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Baristas by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 4228 Sokanu users

Are Baristas happy?


Baristas rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 27th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Barista Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Baristas

The most common degree held by baristas is English Literature. 3% of baristas had a degree in english literature before becoming baristas. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Psychology graduates are the second most common among baristas, representing 3% of baristas in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.4 times the average.

Barista Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Barista, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of baristas % of population Multiple
English Literature 3.5% 4.9% 0.7×
Psychology 3.0% 6.8% 0.4×
Liberal Arts 1.7% 1.9% 0.9×
Communications 1.5% 3.3% 0.5×
Business Management And Administration 1.5% 6.5% 0.2×
Sociology 1.4% 2.1% 0.7×
Fine Arts 1.3% 2.0% 0.7×
Biology 1.3% 3.5% 0.4×
Political Science 1.2% 2.9% 0.4×
Anthropology And Archeology 1.2% 1.2% 1.0×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.2% 1.6% 0.7×
History 1.1% 2.2% 0.5×
Foreign Language Studies 1.0% 1.3% 0.8×
Economics 1.0% 3.8% 0.3×

Barista Education Levels

57% of baristas have a no education. 29% of baristas have a high school diploma.

No education 57%
High school diploma 29%
Associate's degree 9%
Bachelor's degree 5%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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