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Working As a Pie Maker

  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Stressful

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pie Maker 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 Pie Maker

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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Top Skills for A Pie Maker

  1. Pie Orders
  2. Customer Service
  3. Menu Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prioritize and complete all pie orders
  • Job duties include customer service, clean, prep for salad bar, making pies during season Reason leaving: better opportunity
  • Demonstrate complete understanding of menu items and accurately explains menu and promotions to guest.
  • Sanitized food preparation areas, cooking areas, and utensils.
  • Operated a cash register for cash, check and credit card transactions with 95% accuracy.

Pie Maker Demographics

Gender

Female

56.2%

Male

41.3%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

8.9%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Chamorro

20.0%

Filipino

20.0%

Portuguese

20.0%
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Pie Maker Education

Schools

Miami Dade College

7.1%

Saint Augustine College

7.1%

Broward College

7.1%

East Carolina University

7.1%

Guilford Technical Community College

7.1%

Randolph Community College

7.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

7.1%

Weatherford College

7.1%

Spokane Community College

3.6%

Davidson County Community College

3.6%

Santa Fe Community College

3.6%

Cape Cod Community College

3.6%

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center

3.6%

Western Carolina University

3.6%

Heidelberg University

3.6%

College of the Redwoods

3.6%

Appalachian State University

3.6%

Columbia College Chicago

3.6%

Hamrick School

3.6%

Southern Arkansas University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

Criminal Justice

9.1%

Medical Assisting Services

7.6%

Psychology

6.1%

Culinary Arts

6.1%

Fine Arts

4.5%

Early Childhood Education

4.5%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Dental Assisting

4.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

General Studies

4.5%

Nursing

4.5%

Pharmacy

3.0%

Biology

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Computer Science

3.0%

Human Services

3.0%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

45.9%

Associate

21.1%

Bachelors

21.1%

Certificate

5.5%

License

1.8%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.8%

Masters

0.9%
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Updated May 19, 2020