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Baking and Pastry Vocational Schools

Good baking calls for equal measures of science and art. Bakers understand the kitchen math and timing required for hearty bread and flaky croissants, but they also have the sensitivities of a painter when they are decorating a wedding cake.

If you love to bake, consider enrolling one of your area's baking vocational schools, where classes, hands-on lessons and internships may help pave the way to an opportunity as a commercial baker in a manufacturing facility or a retail baker in a specialty shop, restaurant or grocery store.

Opportunities in the oven

There are several specializations bakers with a degree or certificate from baking vocational schools or baking trade schools may choose to pursue, including:

  • Opening a bread or pastry shop
  • Working in the resort industry designing special desserts and showy banquet displays
  • Specializing in custom baked goods, such as wedding cakes
  • Working in or managing a high-volume baking facility preparing breads and pastries using industrial equipment

Certifications and degrees

Some culinary schools or baking trade schools may offer both certificate and degree programs. Students may learn kitchen science, food safety, preparation and display, baking styles, and interpersonal communication. They may learn from professionals and do an internship in a restaurant or bakery. While not required, professional bakers may be able to illustrate their expertise and training to potential employers by becoming certified through the Retail Bakers of America.

The only prerequisites for most baking vocational schools is a high-school diploma and the time to complete the program. Some baking vocational schools offer flexible schedules which may enable students to complete their programs in one to two years.

Baker career outlook and salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national median pay for bakers as of May 2013 was $23,160 a year, but salary can vary depending on the industry. Here are the top five baking industries and the May 2013 national median annual wage for each:

  • Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing. $23,870
  • Grocery stores. $23,510
  • Other general merchandise stores. $22,920
  • Specialty food stores. $21,710
  • Restaurants and other eating places. $21,190

As demand for specialty baked goods increases, the BLS predicts baking jobs should grow by 6 percent from 2012-2022.

Get baking

The restaurant industry is the second largest private employer in the U.S. and is expected to add more than a million jobs in the next several years, according to the National Restaurant Association. Baking vocational schools may help some aspiring bakers gain the knowledge and skills needed to join this group of hardworking people.

Sources:

Bakers, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes513011.htm

Bakers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/bakers.htm

Restaurant Careers, National Restaurant Association, http://www.restaurant.org/Restaurant-Careers

Certification Program, Retail Bakers of America, http://www.retailbakersofamerica.org/certification-program

Baking and Pastry Vocational Schools
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Minneapolis: 15 South 9th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

Novi: 28125 Cabot Drive Suite 120 Novi, MI 48377

Durham: 410 Blackwell St. Suite 200 Durham, NC 27701

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Sunnyvale: 1120 Kifer Road Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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Portland: 1122 N.W. Davis Street Portland, OR 97209

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Austin: 101 W. Louis Henna Blvd. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78728

Virginia Beach: 4500 Main Street Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Dallas: Two North Park East Dallas, TX 75231

Jacksonville: 8775 Baypine Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Philadelphia: 1622 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

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Richmond: 7200 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23225

Greenville: 78 Global Dr., Ste. 200 Greenville, SC 29607

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Birmingham: 488 Palisades Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35209

Mobile: 3725 Airport Blvd., Ste. 165 Mobile, AL 36608

Jacksonville: 5940 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207

Baton Rouge: 9501 Cortana Pl. Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Get hands-on training with Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America.

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Turn your passion for food into a career at the Culinary Institute of Virginia.

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Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts can provide you with the practical hands-on skills and experience you need to succeed in the rapidly growing culinary field.

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Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309

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Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

Get your culinary career cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

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New York: 50 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10010

Dorsey Schools are postsecondary institutions that provide short term comprehensive training to prepare students for promising career opportunities in fields such as cosmetology, culinary arts, healthcare, legal and skilled trades.

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Pontiac: 440 N. Telegraph Pontiac, MI 48341

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Harrisburg: 2301 Academy Drive Harrisburg, PA 17112

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