Wages: Indiana is used a a current comparison
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Nationally, half of all people employed in this group
earn between $14,630 and $23,720 each year.
|Nationally, about 226,100 bakers work in this
medium-sized occupation. About three-quarters of these
work for small establishments. Major employers: Grocery
stores Restaurants Bakery shops Bakery products
manufacturers About 11 percent of all bakers are
Nationally, the number of jobs for bakers is expected to
increase about as fast as the average through the year 2008.
Growth will be due to increases in population, household income,
and leisure time. These factors will allow people to dine out
more often. In addition, the popularity of fresh baked breads
and pastries should spur the growth in jobs for bakers.
Employers may prefer applicants with a high school degree or
G.E.D. Employers may also prefer applicants with food handling
and preparation experience. In addition, employers prefer
applicants with a keen sense of taste and smell. Personal
cleanliness is also important. Most states require food workers
to get health certificates showing they are free from
communicable diseases. This may be required before applicants
Opportunities for advancement are limited in this field. More
opportunities exist for bakers employed by manufacturing
companies. However, pastry chefs in elegant establishments may
advance by taking on supervisory duties. Certification by the
American Culinary Federation may be helpful for advancement.