We surveyed 15,488 baristas to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical barista. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a barista?

Low

High

Working as a barista typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a barista?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a barista typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a barista?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a barista. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for baristas.

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Do baristas work full-time or part-time?

35% of baristas work in full-time roles while 65% work part-time.

Is being a barista stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst baristas, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a barista?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a barista.

How competitive is the workplace for baristas?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for baristas.

Does being a barista require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Baristas will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are baristas allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Baristas rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do baristas have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Baristas tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a barista physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a barista may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are baristas exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, baristas tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a barista require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for baristas.

Does being a good barista require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as baristas.