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People often compare cooking to an art and baking to a science due to the precise ingredient ratios necessary for successfully baked goods. Nancy Honey/Cultura/Getty Images
People often compare cooking to an art and baking to a science due to the precise ingredient ratios necessary for successfully baked goods. Nancy Honey/Cultura/Getty Images

If sweets are your thing and you have a knack for making cakes, becoming a baker might be more up your alley. Bakers craft cakes, pies, cupcakes, pastries, bread, muffins, cookies, croissants ... basically an endless parade of sugary treats. Some bakers go to culinary or pastry school, and others are self-taught. Some work for bakeries, restaurants or bakery departments in grocery stores, while some open up their own shops or sell cakes out of their homes (if legal to do so). According to industry studies, in 2014 there were almost 9,000 commercial and retail bakeries in the United States alone, generating almost $40 billion in revenue [source: First Research].

Bakers can experiment with different flavors, frostings, dough and fillings. It's definitely a tasty job. If you do decide to go the baking route, however, be prepared for very early hours. Most restaurants and stores need their baked goods ready to go as soon as they open, so that means your workday might start hours before dawn. But you might have that sugar high to keep you going.


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