Bakers make and decorate cakes, cookies, and other pastries
Always had a sweet tooth? Do you friends and family always come to you for culinary creations? Learn to do it professionally!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Put your creative mind to work!, Learn how to make delicious dishes like the pros!, Learn a skill that will allow you to start your own business!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Baker, Cake Decorator, Dough Mixer, Mixer, Pastry Chef, Scaler
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Baker, Cake Decorator, Dough Mixer, Mixer, Pastry Chef, Scaler
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Your Typical Day:

  • Check products for quality, and identify damaged or expired goods.
  • Set oven temperatures, and place items into hot ovens for baking.
  • Combine measured ingredients in bowls of mixing, blending, or cooking machinery.
  • Place dough in pans, molds, or on sheets, and bake in production ovens or on grills.
  • Set time and speed controls for mixing machines, blending machines, or steam kettles so that ingredients will be mixed or cooked according to instructions.
  • Measure or weigh flour or other ingredients to prepare batters, doughs, fillings, or icings, using scales or graduated containers.
  • Observe color of products being baked, and adjust oven temperatures, humidity, or conveyor speeds accordingly.
  • Check the quality of raw materials to ensure that standards and specifications are met.
  • Check equipment to ensure that it meets health and safety regulations, and perform maintenance or cleaning, as necessary.
  • Adapt the quantity of ingredients to match the amount of items to be baked.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Evaluate quality of food ingredients or prepared foods.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Operate cooking, baking, or other food preparation equipment.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Determine food production methods.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 71/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 69/100

  • Food Production

Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. 60/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 56/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 52/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 50/100

  • Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. 48/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 41/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 38/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 38/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Forming machine
  • Cake decorating equipment or moulds
  • Commercial use cutlery
  • Commercial use molds
  • Commercial use ovens
  • Commercial use strainers
  • Domestic kitchen spatulas
  • Commercial use food warmers
  • Commercial use scales
  • Commercial use icing sets or bags
  • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
  • Domestic baking pans
  • Double arm kneading mixers
  • Commercial use measuring cups
  • Commercial use cake or pie pans
  • Commercial use food slicers
  • Filling machinery
  • Commercial use rolling pins
  • Commercial use ranges
  • Domestic whipped cream maker
  • Helical blade mixer
  • Coating machines
  • Slicing machinery
  • Cooling machine
  • Cooking machinery
  • Commercial use scoops
  • Hand sprayers
  • Commercial use heat lamps
  • Preduster
  • Commercial use steamers
  • Domestic knife sharpeners
  • Commercial use food grinders
  • Cappuccino or espresso machines
  • Commercial use toasters
  • Domestic biscuit cutters
  • Commercial use graters
  • Commercial use deep fryers
  • Remote reading thermometers
  • Commercial use peelers
  • Cookie cutters
  • Domestic sifter
  • Commercial use rice cookers
  • Single screw mixers
  • Commercial use bain maries
  • Commercial use blenders
  • Air compressors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Domestic muffin pans
  • Wrapping machinery
  • Commercial use griddles
  • Domestic kitchen tongs
  • Razor knives
  • Hoists
  • Blow torch
  • Commercial use grills
  • Commercial use food processors
  • Domestic kitchen wire whips
  • Belt conveyors
  • Domestic double boilers
  • Domestic kitchen funnels
  • Domestic dough press
  • Commercial use broilers
  • Notebook computers
  • Walk in refrigerators
  • Forklifts
  • Commercial use food choppers or cubers or dicers
  • Spice or salt or pepper shakers
  • Commercial use dough machines
  • Domestic food scrapers
  • Commercial use whisks
  • Commercial use smokers or smoke ovens
  • Hand trucks or accessories
  • Lifts
  • Commercial use coffee grinders
  • Rulers
  • Domestic strainers or colanders
  • Fire blankets
  • Cash registers
  • Commercial use high pressure steamers
  • Domestic cooling racks
  • Air conveyors
  • Air brushes
  • Domestic apple corer
  • Laser printers
  • Ink cartridges
  • Pallet trucks
  • Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers
  • Dehydrating machinery
  • Walk in freezers
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Domestic baking sheets
  • Commercial use dishwashers
  • Domestic pizza cutters
  • Ice shaver machines or accessories
  • Commercial use ladles
  • Domestic pastry brush
  • Commercial use microwave ovens
  • Commercial use waffle irons
  • Domestic mandolin
  • Commercial use convection ovens
  • Crushing machinery
  • Commercial use juicers
  • Blast freezers
  • Domestic kitchen timers
  • Domestic wooden oven paddle
  • Domestic vegetable brush
  • Ice dispensers
  • Processing tanks
  • Domestic tortilla bakers
  • Commercial use pizza ovens
  • Domestic bread slicing guide
  • Ice cream machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Tablet computers
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