OCCUPATION THESAURUS

BAKER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Bakers typically work in a shop or factory setting and are responsible for preparing and decorating baked goods. They also oversee quality control of the products, help gather ingredients, and fulfill orders. In the course of a shift they mix batters and doughs to produce breads, buns, cookies, cakes, pies, and other goods the bakery specializes in. They also oversee the cooking and packaging of products, following health and safety protocols. Bakers also test new recipes and adjust existing ones to improve them. Depending on the setting, bakers could be creating items for individual customers or large orders for a wholesaler.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Though bakers often receive training through culinary school or an apprenticeship, in most cases, no formal education is required. Bakeries, restaurants, and factories usually have specialized training through that facility to teach the necessary skills for the position. However, any prior experience is beneficial, and basic knowledge of food safety is a must. It's common to start at an entry-level position before moving up into a specialty field. If the baker is also the owner, having experience in running a business, hiring and overseeing employees, managing inventory, and understanding marketing and sales are also necessary.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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