Pastrycook Assistants assist Pastrycooks by performing routine tasks in the kitchen such as preparing ingredients, and cleaning and storing equipment.

Specialisations: Bakery Assistant.

You can work as a Pastrycook's Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in hospitality might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Gathering and preparing base ingredients for baking.
  • Mixing ingredients to make dough and pastries, cake batter, fillings, icings and desserts.
  • Operating commercial bakery equipment including mixers, rollers, cutters and ovens.
  • Sheeting and rolling out dough, putting dough into baking dishes or on trays.
  • Cooking goods and removing cooked items from ovens.
  • Cooling and decorating with creams and icings where required, cleaning cooking utensils and food preparation surfaces, storing food supplies in cupboards, pantries and other storage areas.

More about Food Trades Assistants

All Food Trades Assistants

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Pastrycook's Assistants

  • 3,100 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 36% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 62% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Pastrycook's Assistants (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,500 in 2011 to 3,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Pastrycook's Assistants work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Manufacturing; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (36%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (38%).
  • Gender: 62% 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)
Retail Trade51.1
Manufacturing44.9
Accommodation and Food Services2.4
Wholesale Trade0.9
Other Industries0.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePastrycook's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.431.6
VIC23.025.6
QLD23.320.0
SA14.17.0
WA10.610.8
TAS3.62.0
NT1.01.0
ACT1.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPastrycook's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1919.5-5.05.0
20-2418.3-9.39.3
25-3419.1-22.922.9
35-4415.8-22.022.0
45-5414.5-21.621.6
55-596.6-9.09.0
60-644.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationPastrycook's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.0-21.121.1
Year 1233.3-18.118.1
Year 1112.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below28.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Pastrycook's Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in hospitality might be helpful.

Membership with the Baking Association of Australia may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

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Employers look for Food Trade Assistants who are reliable, interact well with customers and team members and are polite and courteous.

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 people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Spend time standing

    88% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Unstructured work

    85% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3011.00 - Bakers.

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