Bakers mix ingredients according to recipes to make breads, pastries, and other baked goods.
Bakers produce various types and quantities of breads, pastries, and other baked goods sold by grocers, wholesalers, restaurants, and institutional food services. Some bakers create new recipes.
The following are examples of types of bakers:
Commercial bakers commonly work in manufacturing facilities that produce breads and pastries at high speeds. In these facilities, bakers use high-volume mixing machines, ovens, and other equipment to mass-produce standardized baked goods. Commercial bakers often operate large, automated machines, such as commercial mixers, ovens, and conveyors. They must carefully follow instructions for production schedules and recipes.
Retail bakers work primarily in grocery stores and specialty shops, including bakeries. In these settings, they produce smaller quantities of baked goods for people to eat in the shop or for sale as specialty baked goods. Retail bakers may take orders from customers, prepare goods to order, and occasionally serve customers. Although the quantities prepared and sold in these stores are often small, they usually come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes.
Some retail bakers own bakery shops or other types of businesses where they make and sell breads, pastries, pies, cupcakes, and other baked goods. In addition to preparing the baked goods and overseeing the entire baking process, they are also responsible for hiring, training, and supervising their staff. They must budget for and order supplies, set prices, and know how much to produce each day. Most retail bakers are also responsible for cleaning their work area and equipment and unloading supplies.