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Education and Training Requirements

High School

A high school diploma is not required to be a barista, although some employers may prefer to hire high school graduates. Classes in family and consumer science teach food preparation, storage, and presentation. Basic math classes are helpful as the job entails handling money, so an understanding of addition, subtraction, and division is useful. Communication skills are needed for the job so be sure to take English and speech classes. Business and accounting classes provide a good foundation for future management positions and business ownership roles. Take a foreign language class also because the ability to communicate in another language can open more doors for employment.

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