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About the Job

Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.

It is also Called

  • Sponger
  • Sponge Maker
  • Scaler
  • Roll Panner
  • Roll Machine Operator
  • Processor
  • Pie Maker
  • Pie Baker
  • Pastry Finisher
  • Pastry Decorator
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What They Do

  • Develop new recipes for baked goods.
  • Operate slicing or wrapping machines.
  • Order or receive supplies or equipment.
  • Direct or coordinate bakery deliveries.
  • Prepare or maintain inventory or production records.
  • Set time and speed controls for mixing machines, blending machines, or steam kettles so that ingredients will be mixed or cooked according to instructions.
  • Decorate baked goods, such as cakes or pastries.
  • Check equipment to ensure that it meets health and safety regulations and perform maintenance or cleaning, as necessary.
  • Apply glazes, icings, or other toppings to baked goods, using spatulas or brushes.
  • Adapt the quantity of ingredients to match the amount of items to be baked.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

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In 2014, the average annual wage in United States was $25,550 with most people making between $17,570 and $37,580


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 167,600 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 177,000 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 940 openings due to growth and about 4,070 replacement openings for approximately 5,010 total annual openings.