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Career and Education Opportunities for Bakers in Norman, Oklahoma

Bakers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Norman, Oklahoma area. There are currently 1,080 working bakers in Oklahoma; this should grow 18% to about 1,270 working bakers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for bakers are expected to grow by about 0.2%. In general, bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods.

The income of a baker is about $9 hourly or $19,400 per year on average in Oklahoma. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 hourly or $23,290 per year on average. Bakers earn less than people working in the category of Food generally in Oklahoma and less than people in the Food category nationally.

The Norman area is home to thirty-seven schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Norman where you can get a degree as a baker. Given that the most common education level for bakers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a baker if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Baker

In general, bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods.

Bakers measure and weigh flour and other ingredients to ready batters and icings, using scales and graduated containers. They also set oven temperatures and place items into hot ovens for baking. Equally important, bakers have to check apparatus to insure that it meets health and safety regulations and perform maintenance or cleaning, as needed. They are often called upon to check the quality of raw materials to insure that standards and specifications are met. They are expected to combine measured ingredients in bowls of mixing or cooking machinery. Finally, bakers order and receive supplies and equipment.

Every day, bakers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for bakers to place dough in pans or on sheets, and bake in production ovens or on grills. They are often called upon to ready and maintain inventory and production records. They also roll and shape dough to fashion sweet rolls and other products. They are sometimes expected to adapt the quantity of ingredients to match the amount of items to be baked. Somewhat less frequently, bakers are also expected to combine measured ingredients in bowls of mixing or cooking machinery.

Bakers sometimes are asked to order and receive supplies and equipment. They also have to be able to operate slicing and wrapping machines And finally, they sometimes have to roll and shape dough to fashion sweet rolls and other products.

Like many other jobs, bakers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Norman include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Baker Training

Platt College - Moore, OK

Platt College, 201 N. Eastern, Moore, OK 73160. Platt College is a small college located in Moore, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 140 students and an admission rate of 93%. Platt College has a one to two year program in Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef which graduated twenty-six students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Baker: A Certified Baker prepares and produces baked goods while assisting with general commercial bakery operations.

For more information, see the Retail Bakers of America website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Norman, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma photo by Okguy

Norman is located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. It has a population of over 106,957, which has grown by 11.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Norman, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Norman are priced at $184,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixteen new homes were built in Norman, up from four hundred nineteen the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Norman are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 21 minutes. More than 39.8% of Norman residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Norman is 4.7%, which is less than Oklahoma's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Norman residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Alameda Baptist Church, Alameda Church of Christ and All Welcome Victory Church are among the churches located in Norman. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Norman is home to the Cerebral Palsy Institute and the Park on Main as well as Owen Field and Rotary Park. Shopping malls in the area include Colonial Estates Shopping Center, Anatole Shopping Center and Carriage Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Norman can choose from Ramada Days Inn, Montford Inn and Guest Inn - Norman for temporary stays in the area.