Bakers make a variety of breads and baked goods.

Quick Facts: Bakers

2012 Median Pay
$23,140 per year
$11.13 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Less than high school

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

On-the-job Training
Long-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2012

Job Outlook, 2012-22
6% (Slower than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22

What Bakers Do
Bakers mix ingredients according to recipes to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.

Work Environment
Most bakers work in retail or commercial bakeries (manufacturing facilities), grocery stores or specialty food stores, and restaurants. Work shifts often include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.

How to Become a Baker
Most bakers learn their skills through long-term on-the-job training. Although no formal education is required, some learn through an apprenticeship program or by attending a technical or culinary school.

The median annual wage for bakers was $23,140 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of bakers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Highly skilled bakers with years of experience should have the best job opportunities driven by the growing demand for specialty baked products.