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International Baking and Pastry Arts Associate Degree

If you enjoy baking for others, you could start a career in international baking and pastry arts with an associate's degree. This article shows you the kinds of classes in a degree program, as well as what you can expect from a career in baking.

What is an International Baking and Pastry Arts Associate's Degree Program?

Most baking and pastry arts programs are not labeled as international programs, but they nevertheless provide instruction in international pastry and baking techniques. In these programs, you master the art of making and perfecting a variety of desserts from around the globe. These programs are designed to prepare you for opportunities in the culinary arts, but also might provide instruction in basic management.

Skills LearnedBaking techniques, desserts, management
Common CoursesSugar art, nutrition, cake decoration, sanitation
Career OpportunitiesHotels, catering, resorts, cruise ships
Median Salary (2020)$29,400* (for bakers)
Job Outlook (2019-29) 5%* (for all bakers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Might I Learn?

Courses offered in a baking and pastry arts associate's degree program might include food preparation foundations, sanitation, introductory baking, sugar art, nutrition and cake decoration. Most programs also include instruction in preparing dough for various breads and baked goods and making icings and fillings for cakes, chocolates or pastries, as well as designing various confections, including chocolates.

Many programs include classes on international cuisines, including breads, pastries, cakes and other baked goods. These courses might cover designing eye-appealing plate presentations and centerpieces.

An associate's degree program in baking and pastry arts also might instruct you in the business side of food services, such as purchasing, human resource management and cost control, as well as food storage and safety techniques. Many programs also offer internships, sometimes with international pastry companies.

Where Might I Work?

You may find employment with a local, national or international bakery, hotel, catering company, restaurant, resort or cruise ship. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that although the employment outlook for pastry chefs and bakers may be at pace with the rest of the country, competition for high-paying jobs in upscale environments could be fierce. The job requires long hours and erratic scheduling, so turnover can be high. Because of this, job prospects could be more readily available for new graduates. The BLS reported that in May 2020, bakers earned a median salary of $29,400 per year (www.bls.gov).