Being a Baker

Kiara Tabbert Hour 1

Job description

A baker is responsible for making a variety of breads, pastries and other baked goods. What kind of job a baker does depends on what kind of work environment you are in. If it’s a local bakery, a bakery would do most jobs independently with a few other kitchen staff. If it’s a large industry then many bakers would work together to make mass quantities of baked goods.

Wages

Hourly wages can be $8 to $15 per hour depending. Annually on average bakers can make $17,000 to $35,000. Wages can depend on experience and location so wages and salaries can waver depending.
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Schooling

Experience in baking is more important than an actual degree, so not a lot of bakers are necessarily required to have a college degree. A lot of people who want to be bakers usually start out by being apprentices and work under someone with more experience. But people who prefer to have a formal education go to culinary tech schools. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to be a baker you need to have some type of prior experience, good math skills, have a keen sense for detail, familiarity with baking equipment, excellent stamina, and have the ability to stand for long periods of time.

Work Environment

Bakers typically work in environments like bakeries, supermarkets, bread shops, hotels, restaurants, schools, factories, cafes, and department stores; sometimes in a team or most of the time independently.
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Specific Tasks Completed

A bakers tasks tend to vary depending on their work environment and experience. Most of a baker’s tasks will revolve around meeting a certain goal or quota for specific recipes. This includes a lot of measuring, being on time, having self motivation, hygiene, following safety standards, and having discipline to always follow those standards.


Safety and Sanitation

Safety and sanitation or very important in this career because you are working with food that other people will be eating. So bakers, like us in culinary arts class, have to always have good hygiene and follow the safety guidelines that the job requires. All surfaces, and equipment must be cleaned and used properly. Bakers should always have their hair (if long enough) tied back, and covered so that hair doesn't get into the food. Bakers should wash their hands after switching tasks and always keep their work area clean.

Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Equipment such as blenders and mixers are often used in the baking industry. There’s a large variety in kitchen tools that bakers use in their daily work, and it all usually depends on the recipe and the quantity.

Recipe Conversions and Measurement

Bakers usually make large or semi-large quantity of a certain recipe because they have an idea of how many of a certain recipe they’re going to need. Bakers have to be careful that they don’t make too much or too little of a product though, because too much or too little can result in a loss of money and customers. So converting and measuring are crucial in baking.


History of the Baking Industry

The baking industry in America dates back to around 1777, when Congress approved the superintendent of bakers during the Revolutionary War because there weren’t enough trained bakers to make bread for the soldiers during the war. A Hessian named Christopher Ludwick was made the Baker General and went from camp to camp training and recruiting bakers. And at the end of the war, many of those bakers opened their own shops. This is believed to be the start of the baking industry in America.