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Bakers

Bakers
Quick Facts : Bakers*
2010 Median Pay$23,450
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012149,800
Job Outlook2% (Little or no change)
Employment Change3,500


Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to make a variety of breads, pastries, and other baked goods. They prepare various types of baked goods sold by grocers, wholesalers, restaurants, and institutional food services. Commercial bakers are commonly employed in manufacturing facilities that produce breads and pastries. Retail bakers work primarily in grocery stores and specialty shops, including bakeries.

What Bakers Do

  •     Prepare equipment for baking
  •     Measure and weigh flour and other ingredients
  •     Combine measured ingredients in mixers or blenders
  •     Observe color and state of products being baked
  •     Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings using spatulas or brushes

Work Environment

Most bakers work in bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. Some, however, work in manufacturing facilities that produce breads and pastries in large quantities. The majority of bakers work full time, and their shifts often include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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Job Outlook

Employment of bakers is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020 since people will continue to demand more baked goods to eat at home or to eat at grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants.
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Pay

The average salary of bakers was $23,450 in May 2010.
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Bakers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Bakers

23450

Food Services Occupations

25491.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Bakers*
Percent Change in Employment

Bakers

2.33645

Food Services Occupations

5.989887148141861

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Bakers

Bakers often start as apprentices in craft bakeries or trainees in store bakeries and learn the basics of baking, icing, and decorating. Most apprentices and trainees study topics such as nutrition, safe food handling, and basic baking. Many apprentice bakers participate in correspondence study and may work toward a certificate in baking.
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