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Description: Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce varying types and quantities of breads, pastries, and other baked goods.

Knowledge Required: Bakers need to learn how to combine ingredients and to learn how ingredients are affected by heat. Courses in nutrition are helpful for those selling baked goods or developing new recipes. If running a small business, they need to know how to operate a business.

Skills: Bakers need to become skilled in baking, icing, and decorating.

Career Path: Bakers often start their careers as apprentices or trainees in craft bakers or supermarket bakeries. Many apprentice bakers also participate in correspondence study and work towards a certificate in baking.

Best Cities for this job: Metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston or Philadelphia employ the most bakers.

Median Annual Income: National: $25,350 CA: $27,030

Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 4 percent (less than average) growth in employment between 2008 and 2018.

From the Field: "Just as much as the years in college are all about trying different things and learning... Same things for the years right after college. Try different things and learn." - Warren Brown, Baker

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