Bakers
SOC: 51-3011.00

Description:

Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
185,300 employed

Projected (2024):
198,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bagel Maker
  • Baker
  • Bakery Clerk
  • Bakery Manager
  • Bakery Team Member
  • Bench Hand
  • Cake Decorator
  • Dough Maker
  • Dough Mixer
  • French Pastry Cook
  • Head Baker
  • Head Cook
  • Industrial Cook
  • Machine Operator
  • Manufacturing Baker
  • Mixer
  • Oven Dumper
  • Pan Dumper
  • Pan Puller
  • Panner
  • Pastry Baker
  • Pastry Chef
  • Pastry Decorator
  • Pastry Finisher
  • Pie Baker
  • Pie Maker
  • Processor
  • Roll Machine Operator
  • Roll Panner
  • Scaler
  • Sponge Maker
  • Sponger


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Observe color of products being baked and adjust oven temperatures, humidity, or conveyor speeds accordingly.
  • Set oven temperatures and place items into hot ovens for baking.
  • Combine measured ingredients in bowls of mixing, blending, or cooking machinery.
  • Measure or weigh flour or other ingredients to prepare batters, doughs, fillings, or icings, using scales or graduated containers.
  • Roll, knead, cut, or shape dough to form sweet rolls, pie crusts, tarts, cookies, or other products.
  • Place dough in pans, molds, or on sheets and bake in production ovens or on grills.
  • Check the quality of raw materials to ensure that standards and specifications are met.
  • Adapt the quantity of ingredients to match the amount of items to be baked.
  • Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings to baked goods, using spatulas or brushes.
  • Check equipment to ensure that it meets health and safety regulations and perform maintenance or cleaning, as necessary.
  • Decorate baked goods, such as cakes or pastries.
  • Set time and speed controls for mixing machines, blending machines, or steam kettles so that ingredients will be mixed or cooked according to instructions.
  • Prepare or maintain inventory or production records.
  • Direct or coordinate bakery deliveries.
  • Order or receive supplies or equipment.
  • Operate slicing or wrapping machines.
  • Develop new recipes for baked goods.
  • Check products for quality and identify damaged or expired goods.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic dough presses
  • Bagel dividers
  • Bagel kettles
  • Baguette molders
  • Bain maries
  • Bakers' couches
  • Bakery cookie cutters
  • Bakery muffin pans
  • Baking frames
  • Baking sheets
  • Balance scales
  • Barcode scanners
  • Barquette molds
  • Bench brushes
  • Bench knives
  • Biscuit dough cutters
  • Blast chillers
  • Bowl knives
  • Bowl scrapers
  • Box cutters
  • Bread bannetons
  • Bread crumbers
  • Bread knives
  • Bread molders
  • Bread pans
  • Bread slicers
  • Bun machines
  • Cake decorating air brushes
  • Cake decorating combs
  • Cake decorating palette knives
  • Cake decorating stencils
  • Cake decorating tips
  • Cake decorating tubes
  • Cake decorating turntables
  • Cake depositors
  • Cake dividers
  • Cake levelers
  • Cake molds
  • Cake rings
  • Candy thermometers
  • Cannoli tubes
  • Cappuccino makers
  • Channel knives
  • Chefs' knives
  • China caps
  • Chinois
  • Chocolate molds
  • Chocolate shavers
  • Chocolate warmers
  • Colanders
  • Commercial baking ladles
  • Commercial cake pans
  • Commercial coffee grinders
  • Commercial coffeemakers
  • Commercial food grilling equipment
  • Commercial food whisks
  • Commercial kitchen convection ovens
  • Commercial kitchen food processors
  • Commercial kitchen microwave ovens
  • Commercial pie pans
  • Computer laser printers
  • Conical rounders
  • Continuous kneading machines
  • Cookie depositors
  • Cookie scoops
  • Cooking burners
  • Cooling tunnels
  • Cream whippers
  • Deck ovens
  • Decorating pens
  • Depanning machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Dessert molds
  • Digital food thermometers
  • Digital kitchen timers
  • Digital scales
  • Direct gas fired ovens
  • Direct recirculating ovens
  • Dishwashing machines
  • Double boilers
  • Dough chunkers
  • Dough dividers
  • Dough dockers
  • Dough extruders
  • Dough laminators
  • Dough proofers
  • Dough scrapers
  • Dough sheeters
  • Dough thermometers
  • Dough trough hoists
  • Doughnut cutters
  • Doughnut depositors
  • Doughnut fryers
  • Doughnut screens
  • Doughnut tumblers
  • Dry ingredient measuring cups
  • Edible-ink cartridges
  • Egg breaking machines
  • Ejector sets
  • Electric salamanders
  • Electronic cash registers
  • Espresso makers
  • Fermentation tanks
  • Filled stick extruders
  • Fire suppression blankets
  • Flour dusters
  • Flour scoops
  • Fondant crimpers
  • Fondant smoothers
  • Food cooling racks
  • Food dicers
  • Food drying equipment
  • Food graters
  • Food warmers
  • Fork mixers
  • French bread molders
  • Fruit corers
  • Fruit zesters
  • Guillotine cutters
  • Hand trucks
  • Hearth ovens
  • Honing steels
  • Horizontal dough mixers
  • Hot cases
  • Hot plates
  • Ice cream machines
  • Ice machines
  • Ice shaver
  • Icing machines
  • Icing smoothers
  • Icing spatulas
  • Icing spreaders
  • Industrial freezing equipment
  • Industrial kitchen belt conveyors
  • Industrial kitchen broilers
  • Industrial kitchen food blenders
  • Industrial kitchen food smokers
  • Industrial kitchen griddles
  • Industrial refrigeration equipment
  • Industrial toasters
  • Infrared food heating lamps
  • Ingredient sifters
  • Juice extractors
  • Kitchen fire extinguishers
  • Kitchen shears
  • Kitchen strainers
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Laptop computers
  • Lift trucks
  • Liquid ingredient measuring cups
  • Mandolines
  • Manual dough presses
  • Marzipan tools
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring sticks
  • Nut grinders
  • Offset spatulas
  • Open fat kettles
  • Oven loaders
  • Oven peels
  • Pallet jacks
  • Pan cooling towers
  • Pan greasers
  • Pan liners
  • Paring knives
  • Pastry bags
  • Pastry brushes
  • Pastry crimpers
  • Pastry filling funnels
  • Pastry filling machines
  • Pastry slicing jigs
  • Pastry wheels
  • Perforated grill spatulas
  • Pie presses
  • Pizza cutters
  • Planetary mixers
  • Pneumatic conveyors
  • Portable air compressors
  • Portion scales
  • Pressurized steam cookers
  • Pretzel dough extruding machines
  • Pretzel dough twisting machines
  • Pretzel ovens
  • Probe thermometers
  • Produce peelers
  • Propane torches
  • Pullman loaf pans
  • Ramekins
  • Reciprocating blade slicers
  • Refrigerator thermometers
  • Reversible sheeters
  • Revolving tray ovens
  • Rice cookers
  • Rolling pins
  • Rose nails
  • Rotary molders
  • Serrated knives
  • Sharpening stones
  • Skimmers
  • Spiral mixers
  • Spray bottles
  • Sprayers
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Steam injected ovens
  • Steam kettles
  • Straight spatulas
  • Sugar lamps
  • Sugar shakers
  • Sugar/spice pulverizers
  • Tablet computers
  • Tart rings
  • Tart tampers
  • Tartlet machines
  • Textured mats
  • Tilt mixers
  • Tortilla grills
  • Tunnel ovens
  • Vegetable cleaning brushes
  • Waffle irons
  • Weigh hoppers
  • Whipped cream machines
  • Wire whips
  • Wrapping machines
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    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220