What does a Baker do?
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Bakers prepare doughs, batters, icings or fillings by using scales or graduated containers to weigh or measure ingredients. They produce pie crusts, cookies, breads and other types of doughs. They do this through kneading, cutting, or rolling dough into specific shapes and sizes. They may bake and decorate their end product. For instance, some bakers may help with cakes or pastries.
How to Become a Baker
Though no formal education is required, many bakers complete long term training under the supervision of an experienced baker to gain the necessary skills to enter this occupation. This on-the-job training can last anywhere from 1-3 years. However, some individuals do attend technical programs or culinary school for formal training. They study nutrition, sanitation procedures, and basic baking. Some also earn safe food handling certificates.
Retail Bakers of America does offer certification to bakers in four different competencies areas. Those who decide to obtain this certificate must gain experience in addition to education prior to taking an exam to earn these credentials. Education can include anything for sanitation courses to professional development courses one has taken at any point in their career.The levels of certification include: Certified Journey Baker, Certified Baker, Certified Decorator, and lastly a Certified Master Baker.
Job Description of a Baker
Bakers are often working early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Bakers are surrounded by ovens and work with a variety of baking tools and machines. They stand for long periods of times and work in very hot environments. Work can be stressful at times due to the demands for high quantities of baked goods or even trying to determine the right amount from day to day for smaller bakeries. An over abundance can cause profit losses if not sold and to less can cause customers not to come back. In addition this environment can be very noisy due to timers going off, pots and pans being banged, or industrial mixers running throughout the day.
Bakers can work in bakeries, grocery stores, and restaurants. However, some work in industrial and manufacturing settings working for companies that produce mass quantities of baked goods. A baker’s salary can range pending on how much experience and training one has. Unfortunately technology and industrial machines are starting to overtake this industry, therefore bakers have a slow occupational growth rate compared to other occupations.