|Quick Facts: Bakers|
$29,750 per year
$14.31 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|8% (Faster than average)|
Bakers mix ingredients according to recipes in order to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.
Most bakers work in retail or commercial bakeries (manufacturing facilities), grocery stores or wholesale club stores, and restaurants. Work shifts often include early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
Although bakers typically need no formal educational credential, employers may prefer or require that candidates have a high school diploma. Some choose to attend a technical or culinary school. They typically learn their skills through on-the-job training, which may include participating in an apprenticeship program.
The median annual wage for bakers was $29,750 in May 2021.
Employment of bakers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 31,300 openings for bakers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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