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1,253 Associates's Degrees Annually
42 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#35 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 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 1,922
Associate Degree 1,253
Basic Certificate 1,105
Bachelor’s Degree 42

What Baking & Pastry Arts Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to baking and pastry arts and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Baking & Pastry Arts Majors

Baking and Pastry Arts majors often go into careers in which the following 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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a baking and pastry arts student include the following:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with baking and pastry arts:

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?

1,253 Associate's Degrees Annually
84% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 84% of recent graduates being 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 49
Black or African American 186
Hispanic or Latino 239
White 628
International Students 43
Other Races/Ethnicities 108

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Baking & Pastry Arts. About 3.4% 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 the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

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Some careers associated with baking and pastry arts require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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 2020-2021, 205 schools offered a baking and pastry arts program of some type. 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) 112 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 98 1
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 9,052
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 3,156
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,380
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 801
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 411
Culinary Science/Culinology 196
Bartending/Bartender 183
Institutional Food Workers 157
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 84
Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter 35
Wine Steward/Sommelier 7

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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