Baking Factory Workers operate machines and perform routine tasks to make bread, cakes and other baked products, and to slice and wrap products.

Specialisations: Biscuit Factory Worker, Bread Room Hand.

You can work as a Baking Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in baking and/or food processing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Weighs, measures, mixes, dissolves and boils ingredients.
  • Adds materials, such as spices and preservatives, to food and beverages.
  • Operates heating and chilling plant.
  • Monitors product quality before packaging, by inspecting, taking samples and adjusting treatment conditions when necessary.
  • Operates machines to process food.
  • Cleans equipment, pumps, hoses, storage tanks, vessels and floors, and maintains infestation control programmes.
  • Moves products from production lines into storage and shipping areas.
  • Packages products.

All Food and Drink Factory Workers

  • $1,208 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Baking Factory Workers

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 39% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Baking Factory Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,800 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Baking Factory Workers work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in the Manufacturing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 39% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing90.2
Retail Trade3.9
Administrative and Support Services2.7
Wholesale Trade1.4
Other Industries1.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBaking Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.731.6
VIC29.025.6
QLD30.220.0
SA8.47.0
WA3.910.8
TAS1.02.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBaking Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-248.7-9.39.3
25-3424.1-22.922.9
35-4423.3-22.022.0
45-5424.4-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-645.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBaking Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree11.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.8-21.121.1
Year 1230.5-18.118.1
Year 116.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below27.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Baking Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in baking and/or food processing might be helpful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Food Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Food and Drink Factory Workers who are reliable, hardworking and have good people skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    61% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Food Production

    57% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    51% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Education and Training

    39% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact With Others

    88% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Spend Time Standing

    88% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  3. Time Pressure

    86% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    85% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    85% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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