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Bakers and Pastrycooks prepare and bake bread loaves and rolls, buns, cakes, biscuits and pastry goods.
Prepares and bakes bread loaves and rolls.
Prepares and bakes buns, cakes, biscuits and pastry goods.
Specialisations: Cake Decorator
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 32,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
There have been shortages of Bakers and Pastrycooks for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Bakers and Pastrycooks, particularly in regional areas. Employers generally preferred people who were qualified through apprenticeships. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Bakers and Pastrycooks who are reliable, motivated and are willing to take direction.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.