We understand that the skills of a knowledgeable and experienced barista are highly important to the success of our business. From a basic understanding of coffee to production, processing and roasting, to extraction and brewing, etc., this is a well-practiced trade skill. You may not realize this, but demand for skilled workers has been on the rise for more than 10 consecutive years. Today, skilled trades are among the top 10 jobs employers are finding most difficult to fill. In fact, even during the recent economic decline, demand for workers in the skilled trades never declined, as many others did. Therefore we feel it’s important to keep in mind some of these benefits to learning a trade skill…

  1. Trade School is Cheaper and Shorter
    One of the biggest benefits to working in the skilled trades is the education required. Where the average 4-year bachelor’s degree costs $100k-$150k leaving students with an average of $26,000 worth of dept and in turn a $300 monthly payment for a decade, the vast majority of training programs for the skilled trade last from 6 months to 2 years and will cost just over $30,000 total. Even if that cost is financed by student loans, you’re looking at a total of $40,000…still a savings of at least $110k! Additionally, trade school provides a nice on-ramp to independence rather than throwing an 18 year old into a world of complete independence overnight.
  2. Job Security
    In our new economy, complete job security just doesn’t exist. Anyhthing can happen to any company, and you can be let go. But some jobs are a lot more secure than others. Information and tech jobs are particularly vulnerable to being taken over by robots or moved overseas, but trade jobs simply cannot be outsources. While the world may not always need bloggers (whaaat?!?), it will always need mechanics, electricians, plumbers, welders (and we like to think: coffee brewers), etc. 😉
    All you need to do is go online and do a brief research. You are going be amazed by the demand of skilled trades in today’s market. Due to the fact that there are more workers retiring the industry than the ones entering it, there is a tremendous need for construction skillsthat makes tradesmen hard to find. In addition to this, studies show that the need for workers will stay positive in the years to come.
  3. Work Satisfaction
    The number one factor in overall job satisfaction is being able to use your skills and abilities. Do you want to spend 40 years of your life bored and dissatisfied for more of your day? No. But sadly, that’s what 70% of Americans feel like at work, with highly educated people being more like to be dissatisfied with their workplace. While boredom can happen at any job, the tradesman or tradeswoman who’s working with their hands all day simply has less opportunity for disengagement.

    When people are deciding which types of jobs to apply for, or even which to accept from multiple offers should we be so lucky, the differentiators often come down to benefits. Pay, job security, balance, work environment, etc. For too long the skilled trades have been neglected as not having any benefits. Thankfully, the tide if turning and people are starting to see that blue collar work offers some real advantages. There are jobs available, pay is good, job security is excellent, and the satisfaction may be greater than being in the information industry. Specific to our coffee industry, a great barista is a skilled technician: someone who understands the science of coffee-making, knows how to use multiple brewing devices and machines, and can use their coffee knowledge to make good recommendations to customers. We are always looking to meet people with a passion for this industry and skill in this trade. Come stop in our shop sometime soon!