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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.

Baking Pastry Arts

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.

CareerAnnual Median WageProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Bakers236009,4005.6
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

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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With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create. Please Call 855-816-4001 to speak to a customer representative.

Programs : Baking & Pastry (AS), Baking & Pastry (C), Baking & Pastry (D), and more.

Campus Locations :

Novi: 28125 Cabot Drive Suite 120 Novi, MI 48377

San Diego: 7650 Mission Valley Rd San Diego, CA 92108

Phoenix: 2233 West Dunlap Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021

Santa Ana: 3601 West Sunflower Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92704

San Antonio: 1000 IH - 10 West Suite 106 San Antonio, TX 78230

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

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

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

Pittsburgh: 420 Boulevard of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Houston: River Oaks Plaza 4140 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77027

Nashville: 100 Centerview Dr. Suite 250 Nashville, TN 37214

Sacramento: 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Indianapolis: 3500 Depauw Blvd., Suite 1010 Indianapolis, IN 46268

Charleston: 24 North Market Street Charleston, SC 29401

Arlington: 1820 North Fort Myer Drive Arlington, VA 22209

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

Henderson: 2350 Corporate Circle Henderson, NV 89074

San Francisco: 1170 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102

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

Tucson: 5099 E. Grant Rd. Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85712

Santa Monica: 2900 31st Street Santa Monica, CA 90405

North Hollywood: 5250 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91601

Charlotte: Three LakePointe Plaza 2110 Water Ridge Parkway Charlotte, NC 28217

San Bernardino: 674 East Brier Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408

Tampa: Parkside at Tampa Bay Park 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150 Tampa, FL 33614

Chicago: 350 N. Orleans Street Chicago, IL 60654

Minneapolis: 15 South 9th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

Denver: 1200 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80203

Dallas: Two North Park East Dallas, TX 75231

Philadelphia: 1622 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Seattle: 2323 Elliott Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

Sunnyvale: 1120 Kifer Road Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Saint Charles: 1520 South Fifth Street Suite 107 St. Charles Saint Charles, MO 63303

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

Programs : Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando - Diploma in Patisserie and Baking , Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle - Certificate in Patisserie and Baking, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis - Certificate in Patisserie and Baking, and more.

Campus Locations :

Hollywood: 3221 Enterprise Way Hollywood, FL 33025

Seattle: 360 Corporate Drive North Seattle, WA 98188

Chicago: 361 West Chestnut Chicago, IL 60610

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

Sacramento: 2450 Del Paso Road Sacramento, CA 95834

Orlando: 8511 Commodity Circle Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32819

Austin: 11400 Burnet Rd., Ste. 2100 Austin, TX 78758

Saint Peters: 7989 Veterans Memorial Parkway Saint Peters, MO 63376

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

San Francisco: 625 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Pasadena: 521 East Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101

Dallas: 11830 Webb Chapel Road Dallas, TX 75234

Las Vegas: 1451 Center Crossings Las Vegas, NV 89144

Tucker: 1927 Lakeside Parkway Tucker, GA 30084

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Cooking & Catering, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Caterer, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs : AAS in Business Administration - Hospitality Management, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Get hands-on training from professional chefs at Lincoln Culinary Institute.

Programs : International Baking and Pastry, Italian Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts, and more.

Campus Locations :

Hartford: 85 Sigourney Street Hartford, CT 06105

West Palm Beach: 2410 Metrocentre Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Columbia: 9325 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21046

KTI is committed to the total development of the individual by providing high-demand skill specific career training and the employer required soft skills such as proper business attitude, behavior, professional attire and punctuality.

Programs : Baking and Pastry, Baking and Pastry Arts with Management, Culinary Arts Specialist, and more.

Campus Locations :

Harrisburg: 2301 Academy Drive Harrisburg, PA 17112

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

Programs : DIP - Pastry Arts, Certificate in Pastry Arts, Certificate in Culinary Arts, and more.

Campus Locations :

Chattanooga: 721 Eastgate Loop Chattanooga, TN 37411

Savannah: 14045 Abercorn St., Ste. 1503 Savannah, GA 31419

Richmond: 7200 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23225

Jacksonville: 5940 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207

Birmingham: 488 Palisades Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35209

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

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.

Programs : Culinary Arts, and more.

Campus Locations :

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

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

Pursue your education with Platt College (Oklahoma).

Programs : Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts - AS, and more.

Campus Locations :

Tulsa: 3801 S Sheridan Tulsa, OK 74145

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