Beverage Industry Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

A high school diploma is required for many positions in the beverage industry, but that is only the beginning of preparation for this work. Courses in family and consumer science, chemistry, shop, mathematics, and business will help prepare you for both the job itself and further training that is required in this complex and multilayered field. Although there are almost always some positions available for unskilled laborers, it is unlikely that any advancement or job security can be obtained without at least a high school diploma. Much training is provided by beverage companies, but basic education is necessary to qualify for more sophisticated training programs.

Postsecondary Training

Training as a laboratory technician can be advantageous in obtaining work in the beverage industry. An associate's degree also is helpful, but more education is required for many positions.

If you want to work in a management, supervisory, or quality control position, you will need at the minimum a college degree. Typical majors for those working in these areas include the sciences (biology and chemistry), engineering, or business. In addition, you will need to gain the applied skills and knowledge needed to manage a high-volume plant from in-house training, experience, and organizations, such as the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT). ISBT offers training workshops and seminars covering technical subjects related to the beverage industry. In addition, ISBT technical committees present papers or seminars on topics such as sanitation, packaging, and health and safety at the organization's annual meetings.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for beverage industry workers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Internships and part-time jobs in the beverage industry will provide useful experience for aspiring beverage workers. Those with prior industry experience are more likely to land jobs, earn higher pay, and get promoted.

Personal and professional skills vary by occupation in the beverage industry. For example, production workers need good hand-eye coordination, concentration, and the ability to follow instructions. They also must be able to work as a member of a team. Managers must be strong leaders, communicators, and problem-solvers. Sales workers must be excellent communicators in order to convince customers to carry their company’s products. They should be confident and have excellent interpersonal skills. Scientists should have analytical minds, be able to express themselves clearly, and be detail oriented.