How can I become a Baker
Bakers Job Duties
Skills and Aptitudes for Successful Bakers
Baker Salaries
Notable Professional Bakers
Leading Organizations in this Field
Top Cities for Baker Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How can I become a Baker?

Although a high school diploma is not required for entry level baking jobs, but it is appreciated by many employers. Most bakers learn by apprenticeship or on the job training, rather than formal education, although culinary school is a good option for bakers. Vocational training may also be available, depending upon the area and facility.

When bakers are trained, they generally first learn basic safety and sanitation procedures. Then they move on to baking procedures. Internships and apprenticeships are not uncommon for aspiring bakers who can learn on the job from more experienced bakers. Experience is much more important for bakers than education or formal training.

What does a Baker do?

Bakers mix and prepare dough, for bread, rolls, pastries, pies, and other baked goods. These baked goods can be sold in a bakery, restaurant store, or other establishment. A baker's job may vary slightly depending upon their seniority. Head bakers may oversee other bakers, while entry level bakers might prepare a workspace for more senior bakers.

Organization is important for bakers, as baked goods must be made on schedule and in a specific order so that the baker is able to produce the desired amount of baked goods. Bakers must prepare ingredients, mix them, bake them, and often clean up afterwards.

Depending upon the employer, a baker may also be responsible for marketing and selling the baked goods and dealing with the money associated with the sale. As a baker gains seniority, he or she might have the opportunity to oversee other employees or act as a mentor to a junior baker.

Some bakers may specialize in baking bread, for example, or cakes. In certain circumstances, a baker may study to become a pastry chef.

What skills and personal qualities should I have to become a Baker?

Bakers should be mathematically inclined, as they may have to perform many different calculations in recipes. Working as a team is important, as many bakers work alongside other bakers and perform apprenticeships or act as mentors. Speed and accuracy is essential for bakers, as well as skill in chopping, mixing, etc. Sanitation and cleanliness is necessary for bakers, as well as creativity and a good sense of taste and smell.

How much does a Baker make?

The wage and salary rate for bakers varies greatly depending upon seniority, employment location, and specialties. The median earnings of all chefs and cooks in 2008 was $34,370, and bakers' wages could be expected to be similar. Full time bakers can expect to make at least $500 per week. Benefits such as health care and bonuses depend on the employer.
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Who are some notable professionals in the field of Baking?

Erez Komrovsky is a famous Israeli baker who has popularized sourdough bread in Israel, after studying bread making techniques in France and San Francisco. One of his goals is for his breads to provide a "culinary-gastronomic experience at a relatively low price compared to other breads."

Willy Graf is a Swiss Master Baker Chef who has won many gold medals in international baking and chocolate competitions, as well as worked with many famous chefs and catered for President John F. Kennedy.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The International Union of Bakers and Baker-Confectioners is a worldwide organization which seeks to help all bakers and baker-confectioners in any aspect of their business: legal, practical, economic, and cultural. This organization also provides international exchanges to share knowledge about baking techniques and baked goods and sponsors various international competitions.

The Bakery, Confectioners, and Tobacco Workers International Union is a labor union based in New York City, which represents the interests of bakers, confectioners, and those in the tobacco industry in New York States.

Boudin Bakery, based in San Francisco, California, was the first bakery to take existing sourdough recipes and combine them with specific baking techniques from France in order to bake the first ever sourdough French Bread, in 1849.

Where are the top cities for Baker jobs?

Bakers can usually find a job in just about any city, either by working for an existing business or starting their own business. However, the top city in the United States for baker jobs as of 2008 is Houston, Texas. Phoenix, Arizona is the second best city in the United States for bakers looking for jobs. In third place is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with New York City coming in at fourth place for cities with jobs for bakers. Baltimore, Maryland and Miami, Florida are tied for fifth place in terms of cities which are good for bakers, followed closely by San Francisco, California.

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