Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
7d ago

Pay for bakers varies according to experience.

  • Trainee bakers usually earn between the training minimum wage or minimum wage and $35,000 a year.
  • Qualified bakers usually earn between $35,000 and $45,000.
  • Bakers working in supervisory roles can earn up to $67,000.
  • What you will do

    Bakers may do some or all of the following :

  • follow recipes and alter ingredient quantities when needed
  • measure and mix ingredients
  • knead, roll and shape the dough or pastry for baking, either manually or using a machine
  • bake items in an oven
  • prepare items for sale, including icing items or decorating cakes
  • prepare customer orders and serve customers.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Bakers need to have knowledge of :

  • bakery products and ingredients
  • mixing and baking processes
  • icing and cake decorating
  • mixing and baking equipment
  • health and safety regulations.
  • It is also useful for bakers to know about what is happening in the market, new products being sold, and to know how to prepare the food of various cultures.

    Self-employed bakers need small business skills.

    Bakers :

  • usually do shift work, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends
  • work in kitchens at places such as bakeries, cake shops, hotels and restaurants
  • usually work in hot and noisy environments, and have to meet strict deadlines.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a qualified baker you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Baking (Level 4) through Competenz.

    To do an apprenticeship you need to get a job in a bakery. Completing a baking qualification at a tertiary provider may help you get a baking job.

    Secondary education

    Most employers prefer apprentices to have completed four years of secondary school. Useful subjects include English and maths.

    Bakers need to be :

  • careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • practical and efficient with good organisational skills
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work as part of a team
  • creative
  • able to do basic maths.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for bakers includes work as a baker's assistant, or any food-handling work.

    Physical requirements

    Bakers need to be reasonably fit and healthy, with a high standard of personal cleanliness. They also need to have good hand-

    eye co-ordination. It is preferred that bakers do not have any skin or breathing problems, but this can be managed so they can still work effectively.

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