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Job Summary

My job as a barista is to make my customers the greatest cup of coffee, tea, or smoothie they've ever had! That's really about it.

Aside from making drinks, I also spend a lot of time helping clean the shop, stock the shelves and run the register. For me, working the bar and making the drinks is what I love most.

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Bre's Career Path

I won't be a barista forever. This is just what I've done through high school and now college to make money for things like shopping, materials for class, and saving.

I'm currently in college and working on a degree in business. Who knows, maybe I'll end up opening my own coffee shop in the future.

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Hard Skills

  • Brewing

  • Following a Recipe

  • Cash Register

  • Baking

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Soft Skills

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Flexible

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Work/Life Balance

I only work 20 hours most weeks, so "balance" is rarely an issue. That said, I can think of a few weeks in the past where both school and work were busy, so that can get tricky. When that happens, I usually reach out to a co-worker and ask if they'd like to cover a shift or two. I do the same for them as often as possible.

Another tricky balance is that there are times when the shop is busy and a manager will ask me (or a co-worker) to work later than scheduled. I usually don't mind, but it is something to be aware of. I usually try to be as honest as possible whether I can, can't, or just don't want to that particular day.

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Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national estimate for Food Preparation Workers is $21,440 (median). National wage estimates by percentile:

  • $17,420

    10th Percentile

  • $18,960

    25th Percentile

  • $25,360

    75th Percentile

  • $31,040

    90th Percentile

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