|Quick Facts: Bakers|
|2010 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|
Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to make a variety of breads, pastries, and other baked goods.
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.
Although long-term on-the-job training is the most common path to becoming a baker, some start their careers through an apprenticeship program or by attending a technical or culinary school. No formal education is required.
The median annual wage of bakers was $23,450 in May 2010.
Employment of bakers is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. Highly skilled bakers with years of experience should have the best job opportunities because of the time it takes to learn to make these products and the growing demand for specialty baked products.
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