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Career Defined for a Food Batchmaker
Food batchmakers mix large batches of ingredients to create candy, cheese, baked goods and other mass-produced foods. They typically work at manufacturing facilities where foods are made and packaged. Food batchmakers weigh and otherwise measure ingredients, recording what they have used. They also test batches and grade food products.
|Education||High school diploma, GED, or associate's degree|
|Job Skills||Good math skills, knowledge of kitchen equipment, and ability to analyze product quality|
|Median Salary (2015)||$26,950 (for food batchmakers)|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)||0% to -9% (for food batchmakers)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Food batchmakers typically need a high school diploma or G.E.D. While many train on the job, some earn a 2-year associate degree in baking, culinary arts or food service. Courses in these programs may include sanitation, customer service and food purchasing. They also may include apprenticeship opportunities.
Food batchmakers must have the requisite math skills to calculate recipe formulas. They also must be proficient with kitchen equipment to ensure that batches are mixed and cooked correctly. Food batchmakers also must be able to analyze product samples for quality control.
Career and Economic Outlook
Food batchmakers were expected to see a 0% to 9% decline in employment opportunities from 2014-2024, since increased use of automated machines that mix and measure batches could reduce the number of available positions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The median annual salary for a food batchmaker in 2015 was $26,950, based on BLS estimates.
Alternative Career Options
Similar careers to a food batchmaker include:
Whether in a commercial or retail setting, bakers prepare batches of baked goods for sale. While training through a culinary program is suitable, many bakers learn on the job. Just a 7% increase in jobs was projected for this career option for the 2014-2024 period, according to the BLS. Bakers earned a median income of $24,170 per year in 2015.
Chef and Head Cook
Training to become a chef or head cook runs the gamut from formal culinary schooling to on-the-job training. An employment increase of 9% was reported for the 2014-2024 decade, based on BLS reports. In 2015, chefs and head cooks had a median salary of $41,500.