Baker / Chef
By: Sydney Carroll
A baker is someone who prepares various types of baking goods. ex: breads, cakes, cookies, fudge, cookies, and icing
When you are a baker you have to be able to make good plans to have the best quality desserts, you have to have attention to detail, also keeping up with the trends of what sweet eats are hot, and what sweets are not.
A baker will always need good number skills for measuring ingredients, good planning skills, creativeness, and speed is KEY!
How long is the program of study?
- You usually need a high school diploma. You also need a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a college/other program for bakers.
- You may need on-the-job training.
- Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces/territories except Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
- Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified bakers.
- Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a trade/vocational certificates.
You can study at different at colleges such as: La Cordon Bleu in Dallas, Tx , also Culinary Arts schools in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio (there are 100's of different schools these are just the ones in Texas)
A diploma or GED is needed to get into most Culinary schools (mostly no minimum GPA)
On an hourly basis a starter baker can earn $8.13 - $15.11 while starting.
A skilled bakers yearly average for money is usually $25,400.
This is not a hard job, if you have all the required skills and work ethic. I would say it’d be easier to get a job for someone else’s bakery/manufacturing company, than running your own. Also this isn’t a big job a lot of people want so it’d be very undemanding to get this job.
Currently estimated there are 173,370 bakers in the U.S.
There will always be bakers, because people love sweet/craveable foods that they don’t have to bake by themselves. Theres no signs saying the Culinary business is going to die away any time soon, especially if people still want that “lets get out of the house to eat” experience.
Benefits of being a baker?
Well, for one, you get to bake sweet foods, and try your creations. Who wouldn’t want to see peoples smiling faces while customers are eating their foods?
Similar careers? You could go into the catering business and cater your foods and services at peoples events.
I love to try new recipes or even perfect old ones. THe thrill of being in the kitchen and cooking/baking for myself or for others, is the best. I also love to hear and see peoples reactions when they are eating my food.
I think I would be a good fit as a culinary artist, because I’ve been baking and cooking since I could see over the kitchen counter.