What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Baker, Bread Baker, Cake Decorator, Dough Mixer, Mixer, Pastry Chef, Pastry Cook, Scaler, Sponge Setter

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Bakers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 16.5%


    Ranks #28 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #38 in net job growth

Colleges with the most graduates that become Bakers


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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (2%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (11%)
  • Associate's degree  (9%)
  • Some college, no degree  (20%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (38%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (20%)

Typical College Majors

Most Popular Majors that prepare Bakers

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Evaluate quality of food ingredients or prepared foods.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Operate cooking, baking, or other food preparation equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Determine food production methods.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Shape clay or dough to create products.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Create new recipes or food presentations.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 27.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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