summuay2010 Median Pay $23,450 per year
$11.27 per hour
Entry-Level Education Less than high school
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 149,800
Job Outlook, 2010-20 2% (Little or no change)
Employment Change, 2010-20 3,500
What Bakers Do
what bakers do...Check the quality of 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 in pans, molds, or on sheets
Set oven temperatures
Place and bake items in hot ovens or on grills
Observe color and state of products being baked
Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings using spatulas or brushes
Work Enviroment...Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 31%
Grocery stores 27
Limited-service eating places 12
Other general merchandise stores 8
Full-service restaurants 4
how to become a baker...Although long-term on-the-job training is the most common path, some bakers start their careers through an apprenticeship program or by attending a technical or culinary school. No formal education is required.
PAY $The median annual wage of bakers was $23,450 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,910, and the top 10 percent earned more than $37,320.
Job OutlookEmployment of bakers is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. As the nation’s population grows, 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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