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Career and Education Opportunities for Bakers in Madison, Wisconsin

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for bakers in the Madison, Wisconsin area. There are currently 3,810 working bakers in Wisconsin; this should grow 8% to 4,110 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%. Bakers generally mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods.

The income of a baker is about $10 hourly or $21,740 per year on average in Wisconsin. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 hourly or $23,290 yearly on average. Earnings for bakers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Food in Wisconsin and not quite as good as general Food category earnings nationally.

The Madison area is home to thirteen schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Madison where you can get a degree as a baker. Bakers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so 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 Madison include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Baker Training

Madison Area Technical College - Madison, WI

Madison Area Technical College, 3550 Anderson St, Madison, WI 53704. Madison Area Technical College is a large college located in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 14,553 students. Madison Area Technical College has a one to two year program in Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef which graduated ten 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: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin photo by Dori

Madison is situated in Dane County, Wisconsin. It has a population of over 231,916, which has grown by 11.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Madison, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Madison are valued at $243,800 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, one hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Madison, down from three hundred seventy-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Madison are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 18 minutes. More than 48.2% of Madison residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 20.9%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Madison is 5.2%, which is less than Wisconsin's average of 7.7%.

The percentage of Madison residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.5%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Gates of Heaven Synagogue, Abundant Life Church and Grace Episcopal Church are some of the churches located in Madison. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church.

Madison is home to the Allen Centennial Gardens and the Annie C Stewart Memorial Fountain as well as Bordner Park and Brigham Park. Shopping centers in the area include Brookwood Village Shopping Center, Whitney Square Shopping Center and Walnut Grove Shopping Center. Visitors to Madison can choose from Comfort Inn Madison, Howard Johnson-Plaza Hotel and Country Inn Sts Madison for temporary stays in the area.