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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
*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.


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

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 (Spanish Version), Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando - Diploma in Patisserie and Baking , Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco- Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts, and more.

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Programs : Cooking & Catering, and more.

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.

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

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

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

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

Further your education with Louisiana Culinary Institute.

Programs : Advanced Baking and Pastry, Advanced Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more.

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology. 

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Turn your culinary passion into developed career skills at The Chef’s Academy.

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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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