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Being a registered baker takes more work than you probably think. The head baker we interviewed went through three years of Technical School training, learning about the culinary arts. For most bakers, that is a requirement. You have to be a dedicated person if you are to enter the baking business because you have to put in at least sixty to seventy hours a week to take care of your customers. Most people appreciate when they can count on a bakery being open a reasonable amount of time.
Bakers don't just bake things all day. They make sure bills are paid, take care of their employees, and most of all, make sure the customers are satisfied.
The pay range for an average clerk or helper is $5.50 an hour. Helpers basically tend to the cash registers, get ready made items like cookies and rolls for customers, and help clean up. The position of clerk or helper is an ideal job for teenagers in or just starting high school. Bakers themselves make anywhere from $7.00 to $15.00 an hour depending on experience. It takes dedication, for a job such as a baker.
The positive aspects of the job are that you get to eat fresh rolls and cookies, one gets to meet lots of interesting people, , and nothing really terrible can go wrong in a bakery. The only negative aspect of the job is that you have to work long hours. A baker needs to work long hours around the holidays. Most bakers only get one day off a week and it is necessary to get up in the morning between 1:00 a.m.and 4:00 a.m. It can be a very rewarding job, but some days, it all depends upon how you look at it.
To be a baker, you have to have the desire; you can be trained. Once you learn the basics, you can do the more complicated tasks. There's lots of repetition to baking. You don't really need experience to work in a bakery, but you have to know what you're doing. There are a variety of other jobs available in the bakery business. Some bakeries have specialists for certain types of pastry or decorating work.
A baker must be able to keep the bakery clean. If you don't keep it clean, the bakery license can be revoked by the PA. Department of Agriculture.