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Become A Baker

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Working As A Baker

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $27,611

    Average Salary

What Does A Baker Do

Bakers mix ingredients according to recipes to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.

Duties

Bakers typically do the following:

  • Check the quality of baking ingredients
  • Prepare equipment for baking
  • Measure and weigh flour and other ingredients
  • Combine measured ingredients in mixers or blenders
  • Knead, roll, cut, and shape dough
  • Place dough into pans, into molds, or onto baking sheets
  • Set oven temperatures
  • Place items into ovens or onto grills
  • Observe color and state of products being baked
  • Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings

Bakers produce various types and quantities of breads, pastries, and other baked goods sold by grocers, wholesalers, restaurants, and institutional food services. Some bakers create new recipes.

The following are examples of types of bakers:

Commercial bakers work in manufacturing facilities that produce breads, pastries, and other baked products. In these facilities, bakers use high-volume mixing machines, ovens, and other equipment, which may be automated, to mass-produce standardized baked goods. They carefully follow instructions for production schedules and recipes.

Retail bakers work primarily in grocery stores and specialty shops, including bakeries. In these settings, they produce smaller quantities of baked goods for people to eat in the shop or for sale as specialty baked goods. Retail bakers may take orders from customers, prepare baked products to order, and occasionally serve customers. Although the quantities prepared and sold in these stores are often small, they usually come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes. Most retail bakers are also responsible for cleaning their work area and equipment and unloading supplies.

Some retail bakers own bakery shops or other types of businesses where they make and sell breads, pastries, pies, and other baked goods. In addition to preparing the baked goods and overseeing the entire baking process, they are also responsible for hiring, training, and supervising their staff. They must budget for and order supplies, set prices, and decide how much to produce each day.

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How To Become A Baker

Long-term on-the-job training is the most common path to gain the skills necessary to become a baker. Some bakers start their careers through an apprenticeship program or by attending a technical or culinary school. No formal education is required.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements to become a baker, some candidates attend a technical or culinary school. Programs generally last from 1 to 2 years and cover nutrition, food safety, and basic math. To enter these programs, candidates may be required to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Most bakers learn their skills through long-term on-the-job training, typically lasting 1 to 3 years. Some employers may provide apprenticeship programs for aspiring bakers. Bakers in specialty bakery shops and grocery stores often start as apprentices or trainees and learn the basics of baking, icing, and decorating. They usually study topics such as nutrition, sanitation procedures, and basic baking. Some participate in correspondence study and may work toward a certificate in baking.

In manufacturing facilities, commercial bakers learn how to operate and maintain the industrial mixing and blending equipment that is used to produce baked goods. They also learn how to combine ingredients and how temperature and humidity affect ingredients and the baking process.

Other Experience

Some bakers learn their skills through work experience related to baking. For example, they may start as a baker’s assistant and progress into a full-fledged baker as they learn baking techniques. 

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is voluntary and shows that a baker has the skills and knowledge to work at a retail baking establishment.

The Retail Bakers of America offers certification in four levels of competence, with a focus on several topics, including baking sanitation, management, retail sales, and staff training. Those who wish to become certified must satisfy a combination of education and experience requirements before taking an exam.

The education and experience requirements vary by the level of certification desired. For example, a Certified Journey Baker requires no education but must have at least 1 year of work experience. A Certified Baker must have 4 years of work experience and 30 hours of sanitation coursework, and a Certified Master Baker must have 8 years of work experience, 30 hours of sanitation coursework, and 30 hours of professional development education.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Bakers must closely monitor their products in the oven to keep them from burning. They also should have an eye for detail because many pastries and cakes require intricate decorations.

Math skills. Bakers must possess basic math skills, especially knowledge of fractions, in order to precisely mix recipes, weigh ingredients, or adjust mixes.

Physical stamina. Bakers stand on their feet for extended periods while they prepare dough, monitor baking, or package baked goods.

Physical strength. Bakers should be able to lift and carry heavy bags of flour and other ingredients, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

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Baker Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    55.1%
  • Male

    43.2%
  • Unknown

    1.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.4%
  • Asian

    6.2%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    57.5%
  • French

    11.8%
  • German

    5.2%
  • Italian

    4.8%
  • Russian

    3.8%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
  • Portuguese

    2.2%
  • Japanese

    1.6%
  • Vietnamese

    1.3%
  • Chinese

    1.3%
  • Swedish

    0.9%
  • Korean

    0.9%
  • Danish

    0.9%
  • Cantonese

    0.9%
  • Polish

    0.9%
  • Mandarin

    0.7%
  • Armenian

    0.7%
  • Carrier

    0.7%
  • Hindi

    0.5%
  • Thai

    0.5%
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Real Baker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Baker Hot Bread Kitchen New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $65,000 -
$75,000
Lavash and Jajik Baker Art's Specialties Belmont, MA Jun 26, 2015 $38,000 -
$40,000
Baker Sophia's Ice Cream, Inc. Newburgh, NY Nov 20, 2015 $36,837
Baker Sophia's Ice Cream, Inc. Newburgh, NY Oct 12, 2015 $36,837
Baker Shalom Strictly Kosher Meats, Inc. Silver Spring, MD Jul 29, 2016 $36,689
Baker Tetovo, LLC Plymouth, WI Jul 20, 2016 $36,400
Bakers Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2016 $34,832
Filipino Specialty Baker Milson Corporation Cerritos, CA May 02, 2016 $34,440
Bakers Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 10, 2015 $33,559
Baker Vigario Managment Corp. (DBA Dunkin Donuts) Manassas, VA Jul 24, 2015 $33,530
Baker Paredes Business Corp.; DBA Carousel Bakery Hazlet, NJ Nov 07, 2016 $33,301
Baker Pennsylvania Pomodoro T/A Non Solo Pasta Morrisville, PA Jun 23, 2015 $33,134
Specialy Baker Jojolia, Inc. DBA Jojoli Bakery and Restaurant Union City, CA Aug 24, 2015 $30,597
Baker Regina Margherita Inc. Nutley, NJ Sep 08, 2015 $30,500
Baker Vetrano Restaurants Corp Mineola, NY Jan 11, 2016 $30,449
Baker Vetrano Restaurants Corp Mineola, NY Mar 30, 2016 $30,449
Baker Calandra's Italian & French Bakery Newark, NJ Mar 14, 2016 $30,326
Baker Calandra's Italian & French Bakery Newark, NJ Apr 26, 2016 $30,326
Baker/Donut Finisher Anadimukta Corp Watkins Glen, NY Jul 01, 2015 $30,000
Baker Golden Bread Bake Shop, LLC Lawrenceville, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $29,910
Baker Ewe Group Inc. Doraville, GA Oct 19, 2016 $26,208
Baker Tasty Pastry Shoppe, Ltd. New York, NY Feb 03, 2015 $25,979
Baker La Tropezienne Bakery Inc. New York, NY Apr 02, 2015 $25,979
Baker Jayarvee, Inc. DBA Birdland New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $25,979
Baker Elysee Bakery & CAFE Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2015 $25,730
Baker 13609 Lakewood Hts., LLC Cleveland, OH Apr 01, 2015 $25,169
Baker La Conchita Bakery Corp #2 Madisonville, TN Oct 01, 2016 $25,044
Baker Immaculate Careers LLC North Miami, FL Nov 30, 2016 $25,044 -
$27,131

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Top Skills for A Baker

WeddingCakesBakeBreadCustomerServiceSkillsSafetyRegulationsDonutsFoodPreparationMuffinsBagelsBreakfastPastriesOvenTemperaturesHotOvensPlaceItemsPieCrustsPackageRawMaterialsShapeDoughProductionOvensSpecialOrdersPlaceDoughCustomerOrders

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Top Baker Skills

  1. Wedding Cakes
  2. Bake Bread
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Baked all types of items, from wedding cakes to cookies.
  • Bake Bread and form desserts.
  • Position provided the opportunity to enhance customer service skills.
  • Check equipment to ensure that it meets health and safety regulations and perform maintenance or cleaning, as necessary.
  • Moon Township, PA Tasked with baking the donuts, washing dishes, and maintaining our work are clean.

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