Baking & Pastry Arts

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

Introduction:

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

Commercial bakers work in manufacturing facilities that produce bread, 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.

Career Opportunities:

  • Baker
  • Craft and Fine Artists
  • 3D Animators

Employment Outlook:

Employment of bakers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Salary:

The average wage and salary earnings of bakers are $26,170 annually or $12.58 per hour.

Location and Hours:

  • Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 600 Hours)

Commercial Foods, Culinary Arts & Baking