Culinary Arts & Hospitality - Baking and Pastry Arts
If you're looking to make a career out of crafting sweets and putting smiles on people's faces, a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts may allow you to have your cake and eat it, too.
Types of Degrees
Baking and Pastry Arts students can pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years) at a traditional college or an independent, culinary-focused school like Le Cordon Bleu.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, and scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required as well. Experience working in bakeries is highly valued. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Baking and Pastry Arts Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts include:
- Cafe Owner
- Food Critic
- Restaurant, Bakery or Hospitality Manager
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a baker was $27,700 in 2020 (1) while food service managers made a median salary of $59,820 in 2019 (2).
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and what industry the job is for.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.