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1,849 Associates's Degrees Annually
70 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#25 in Popularity (Associate's)
$28,660 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Baking & Pastry Arts Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many baking and pastry arts/baker/pastry chef graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 1,732
Associate Degree 1,394
Basic Certificate 1,014
Bachelor’s Degree 50

What Baking & Pastry Arts Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, baking and pastry arts majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Baking & Pastry Arts Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Baking & Pastry Arts Majors

A major in baking and pastry arts prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Baking & Pastry Arts Majors

As a baking and pastry arts major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Baking & Pastry Arts Major?

People with a baking and pastry arts degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Bakers 7.6% $26,520
Chefs and Head Cooks 9.6% $48,460

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts?

1,394 Associate's Degrees Annually
86% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 86% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of baking and pastry arts majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 42
Black or African American 209
Hispanic or Latino 282
White 683
International Students 75
Other Races/Ethnicities 103

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Baking & Pastry Arts. About 5.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Baking & Pastry Arts Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $28,660 to $52,160 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to baking and pastry arts. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Baking & Pastry Arts Major  ( 28660 to 52160 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some degrees associated with baking and pastry arts may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to baking and pastry arts have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 12.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 33.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 15.9%
Some College Courses 8.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 24.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.0%

Online Baking & Pastry Arts Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 202 schools offered some type of baking and pastry arts/baker/pastry chef program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 107 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 95 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts Worth It?

The median salary for a baking and pastry arts grad is $28,660 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to baking and pastry arts.

Major Number of Grads
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 10,007
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 3,763
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,673
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 932
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 510
Bartending/Bartender 247
Institutional Food Workers 174
Culinary Science/Culinology 158
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 122
Wine Steward/Sommelier 99
Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter 31

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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