Fresh bread, panera, and food preparation aren't the only skills bakers have. In fact, there's a whole list of personality traits that are commonly seen among them, including:
Over half of bakers have graduated with a bachelor's degree. In fact, it seems 20.0% of people who became a baker earned a bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree roughly 2.8% in this career have them. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it seems it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, some bakers have a college degree. But about one out of every two bakers didn't attend college at all.
Those bakers who do attend college, typically earn either culinary arts degrees or business degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for bakers include general studies degrees or criminal justice degrees.
Once you've graduated with your degree, you're ready to tackle the world as a baker. But where to start? Generally, bakers are hired the most by Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, and El Super. Currently, Panera Bread has 1,519 baker job openings, while there are 525 at Texas Roadhouse and 211 at El Super.
But if you want to earn the most bang for your buck, bakers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Coborn's, New York Public Library, and Jordan Specialty Plastics. Take Coborn's for example. The median baker salary is $39,778. At New York Public Library, bakers earn an average of $36,006, while the average at Jordan Specialty Plastics is $33,859. Now before you get too googly-eyed over those digits, take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies. While Coborn's has 1 job listings for bakers, New York Public Library and Jordan Specialty Plastics only have 0 and 0 job listings respectively.
The most prestigious bakers can be found working at Panera Bread Company, Dunkin' Donuts Northeast Distribution Center, and The Cheesecake Factory. We determine this by assessing the schools where bakers have earned their degrees, and then looking at the companies that have hired a significant number of bakers from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States.
In general, bakers fulfill roles in the retail and hospitality industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the salaries for bakers are the highest in the retail industry with $29,842 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the manufacturing and finance industries only pay $28,308 and $27,883 respectively. This means that bakers who are employed in the retail industry make a whopping 8.7% more than bakers who work in the hospitality Industry.