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Working As A Candy Maker

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Candy Maker Do

Food and tobacco processing workers operate equipment that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients used in the manufacturing of food and tobacco products.

Duties

Food and tobacco processing workers typically do the following:

  • Set up, start, or load food or tobacco processing equipment
  • Check, weigh, and mix ingredients according to recipes
  • Set and control temperatures, flow rates, and pressures of machinery
  • Monitor and adjust ingredient mixes during production processes
  • Observe and regulate equipment gauges and controls
  • Report equipment malfunctions to team leaders or maintenance staff
  • Clean workspaces and equipment in accordance with health and safety standards
  • Check final products to ensure quality

Food and tobacco processing workers often have different duties depending on the type of machinery they use or goods they process.

Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders operate machines that produce roasted, baked, or dried food or tobacco products. For example, dryers of fruits and vegetables operate machines that produce raisins, prunes, or other dehydrated foods. Tobacco roasters tend machines that cure tobacco for wholesale distribution to cigarette manufacturers and other makers of tobacco products. Others, such as coffee roasters, follow recipes and tend machines to produce standard or specialty coffees.

Food batchmakers typically work in facilities that produce baked goods, pasta, and tortillas. Workers mix ingredients to make dough, load and unload ovens, operate pasta extruders, and perform tasks specific to large-scale commercial baking. Some workers are identified by the type of food they produce. For example, those who prepare cheese are known as cheese makers and those who make candy are known as candy makers.

Food cooking machine operators and tenders operate or tend cooking equipment to prepare food products. For example, workers who preserve and can fruits and vegetables usually operate equipment to cook and preserve their products.

Potato and corn chip manufacturing workers operate baking and frying equipment. Sugar and confectionary manufacturers use equipment that blends, heats, coats, and packages candies, chocolates, or other sweets.

Other workers operate machines that mix spices, mill grains, or extract oil from seeds.

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How To Become A Candy Maker

There are no formal education requirements for some food and tobacco processing workers. However, food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent. Food and tobacco processing workers learn their skills through on-the-job training.

Education

Food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Because workers often adjust the quantity of ingredients that go into a mix, basic math and reading skills are considered helpful.

Training

Food and tobacco processing workers learn on the job. Training may last from a few weeks to a few months. During training, workers learn health and safety rules related to the type of food or tobacco that they process. Training also involves learning how to operate specific equipment, following safety procedures, and reporting equipment malfunctions.

Experienced workers typically show trainees how to properly use and care for equipment.

Important Qualities

Coordination. Food and tobacco processing workers must be quick and have good hand-eye coordination to keep up with the assembly line.

Detail oriented. Workers must be able to detect small changes in they quality or quantity of food products. They must also closely follow health and safety standards to avoid food contamination and injury.

Physical stamina. Workers stand on their feet for long periods as they tend machines and monitor the production process.

Physical strength. Food and tobacco processing workers should be strong enough to lift or move heavy boxes of ingredients, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

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Average Length of Employment
Batch Maker 3.5 years
Cake Maker 2.1 years
Candy Maker 2.0 years
Chocolate Maker 1.9 years
Pie Maker 1.9 years
Dough Maker 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Candy Maker
Cashier 25.4%
Server 5.3%
Cook 4.3%
Baker 3.4%
Volunteer 3.4%
Waitress 2.8%
Hostess 2.5%
Supervisor 2.5%
Manager 2.5%
Internship 2.2%
Top Careers After Candy Maker
Cashier 18.3%
Server 6.7%
Cook 6.1%
Manager 3.8%
Line Cook 3.2%
Baker 3.2%
Waitress 2.9%
Prep Cook 2.9%
Bartender 2.9%
Volunteer 2.6%

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Top Skills for A Candy Maker

  1. Chocolate Candy
  2. Caramel
  3. RAN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled money and worked the register, made candy and caramel apples for display cases.
  • Group Director, Brands Developed people and seasonal brands to compete in the non-chocolate segment of confection.
  • Educated customers about new flavors of ice cream, food, candy, fudge and brittle.
  • Worked on a production line as a Floor Leader, making candy products.
  • Cook and mix ingredients for fudge.

Candy Maker Demographics

Gender

Female

52.6%

Male

38.7%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.1%

French

16.7%

Portuguese

5.6%

Dari

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Korean

5.6%
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Candy Maker Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

11.5%

University of Phoenix

9.6%

Allen County Community College

5.8%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Pasadena

5.8%

Davis Applied Technology College

5.8%

Cypress College

5.8%

Valencia College

5.8%

Chaffey College

3.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.8%

Columbia College Chicago

3.8%

Savannah Technical College

3.8%

Bemidji State University

3.8%

State University of New York Broome Community College

3.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.8%

Everest College - Phoenix

3.8%

Albany Technical College

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

Northern Michigan University

3.8%

Trident Technical College

3.8%

Everest Institute

3.8%
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Majors

Business

15.6%

Culinary Arts

15.1%

Criminal Justice

7.5%

Psychology

6.6%

General Studies

5.7%

Nursing

5.2%

Medical Assisting Services

5.2%

Health Care Administration

5.2%

Accounting

3.8%

English

3.3%

Communication

3.3%

Computer Science

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Management

2.8%

Nursing Assistants

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Precision Metal Working

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Cosmetology

2.4%

Biology

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

48.0%

Bachelors

23.6%

Associate

16.6%

Certificate

7.3%

Masters

2.1%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.6%
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