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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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Jacksonville: 8775 Baypine Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

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

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Houston: 10740 North Gessner Drive, Suite 190 Houston, TX 77064

Phoenix: 2233 West Dunlap Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021

Minneapolis: 15 South 9th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Fort Lauderdale: 1799 S.E. 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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Pasadena: 521 East Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101

Portland: 600 SW 10th Avenue Suite 400 Portland, OR 97205

Tucker: 1927 Lakeside Parkway Tucker, GA 30084

Las Vegas: 1451 Center Crossings Las Vegas, NV 89144

Chicago: 361 West Chestnut Chicago, IL 60610

Sacramento: 2450 Del Paso Road Sacramento, CA 95834

Saint Paul: 1315 Mendota Heights Road Saint Paul, MN 55120

Hollywood: 3221 Enterprise Way Hollywood, FL 33025

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

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

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You can fire up a new career with help from Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts . We offer three programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts, pastry arts, as well as a chef track.

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Boulder: 637 S. Broadway Boulder, CO 80305

Austin: 6020-B Dillard Circle Austin, TX 78752

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Lancaster: 3050 Hempland Road Lancaster, PA 17601

Prepare for a career in the culinary arts in as little as 40 weeks.

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Portland: 1701 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 97201

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