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Working As A Bread Baker

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  • $26,697

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What Does A Bread 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 Bread 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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Bread Baker Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Pie Baker 2.5 years
Baker 2.1 years
Baker Apprentice 2.0 years
Bread Baker 2.0 years
Pastry Baker 1.9 years
Baker's Assistant 1.6 years
Baker/Cashier 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Baker 15.0%
Line Cook 7.0%
Internship 7.0%
Prep Cook 7.0%
Cashier 6.6%
Barista 3.5%
Cook 3.5%
Sous Chef 2.8%
Manager 2.8%
Specialist 2.1%
Server 2.1%
Top Employers After
Baker 17.8%
Pastry Chef 11.9%
Sous Chef 6.7%
Line Cook 6.3%
Prep Cook 4.7%
Chef 4.3%
Cook 4.0%
Cook/Baker 2.8%
Manager 2.4%

Bread Baker Demographics

Gender

Female

50.6%

Male

48.3%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

79.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.3%

Polish

16.7%

Bread Baker Education

Schools

Culinary Institute of America

21.7%

Johnson & Wales University

10.0%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

10.0%

West Virginia University

5.0%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.3%

Alabama Southern Community College

3.3%

Mt. Hood Community College

3.3%

University of Kentucky

3.3%

Lane Community College

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.3%

Brookdale Community College

3.3%

Kendall College

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Sullivan University

3.3%

Shaw University

3.3%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.3%

Kansas State University

3.3%

The Institute of Culinary Education School

3.3%

South University

3.3%

Western Michigan University

3.3%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

39.9%

Business

15.8%

Hospitality Management

7.6%

Fine Arts

5.7%

Psychology

3.8%

Management

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Entertainment Business

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

English

1.9%

Nursing

1.9%

Food Science

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Health Sciences And Services

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

General Studies

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Medical Assisting Services

1.3%
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Degrees

Associate

29.4%

Bachelors

27.0%

Other

26.5%

Certificate

10.4%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Bread Baker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas, NV Feb 11, 2011 $48,001
Baker, Bread and Pastry One Hong, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 31, 2008 $42,000
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Boustany Investment Group, Inc.(Alladin's Eatery) Burke, VA Feb 27, 2012 $34,902
Bread Baker Hye Bakery Corporation Montebello, CA May 25, 2010 $33,914 -
$38,088
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Genino, Inc., D/B/A VICO Restaurant New York, NY Mar 14, 2011 $32,469
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Burnside Avenue Donuts, Inc. Lawrence, NY Aug 15, 2008 $32,328
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Gateaux Bakery Corp Closter, NJ Sep 01, 2010 $31,970
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Gateaux Bakery Corp Closter, NJ Jul 06, 2010 $31,970
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Ooshie Corp Subsid. of Rory Lee, Inc. Wayne, NJ Nov 01, 2012 $31,803
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Fejagee, Inc. Little Ferry, NJ Nov 08, 2012 $31,803
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Tatton Enterprise Fort Lauderdale, FL May 09, 2011 $31,500
Bakers, Bread and Pastry La Patisserie Lyndhurst, NJ Dec 20, 2007 $31,430
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Ruthy's Cheesecake & Rugelach, Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2009 $31,096
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Caroline's, Inc. Annapolis, MD Feb 10, 2010 $30,971
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Perall .Inc. Pine Beach, NJ Mar 06, 2008 $26,818
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Perall, Inc. Pine Beach, NJ Nov 03, 2008 $26,818
Bread Baker Shivshakti Sandwich Inc. Downers Grove, IL Jul 12, 2010 $26,700 -
$26,800
Bread Baker Shivshakti Sandwich Inc. Downers Grove, IL Jun 23, 2011 $26,500
Bread Baker Jung I.Kim D/B/A Shilra Bakery Hackensack, NJ Mar 22, 2010 $26,359
Bakers, Bread and Pastry G.P.K Restaurant Enterprises, Corp. Great Neck, NY Sep 18, 2008 $26,338
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Kamawi, Inc. Lorton, VA Dec 24, 2008 $25,712
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Seoul Rice Cake Baltimore, MD Jun 17, 2009 $25,482
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Arandas Bakery # 4, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 22, 2011 $24,274
Bakers, Bread & Pastry Jinon Corporation DBA Nijiya Market Torrance, CA Sep 18, 2008 $24,063
Bakers, Bread and Pastry One Hong, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 24, 2008 $23,982
Bakers, Bread and Pastry P. Connection, Inc. T/A Donut Connection Lexington Park, MD Dec 08, 2008 $23,729
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Arandas Bakery #1 Houston, TX May 15, 2008 $23,462
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Hot and Crusty New York, NY Dec 30, 2009 $23,249
Bakers, Bread and Pastry Gold Beach, Inc. Claremore, OK Oct 23, 2012 $23,172
Baker, Bread and Pastry DAOU Market, Inc. Fall River, MA Jul 07, 2008 $22,832

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Top Skills for A Bread Baker

BakeryDepartmentPastryItemsCustomerServiceArtisanBreadHotOvensFoodPreparationDailyBreadProductionBaguettesKitchenCroissantsBakeBreadDessertMenuFocacciaBreadDoughProductionScheduleCiabattaOvenTemperaturesCinnamonRollsPlaceItemsDifferentTypes

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Top Bread Baker Skills

  1. Bakery Department
  2. Pastry Items
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Increased sales by promoting new pastry items and refocusing the front of the house on plate presentation of existing items.
  • Participated in various seminars regarding customer service and food handling procedures.
  • Created and baked artisan bread in a fast paced, high volume bakery; up to 1,000 loaves a day.
  • Placed items into hot ovens for baking.
  • Performed all aspects of daily bread production including: scaling, mixing, shaping and baking

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