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Baker

Bakers make bread, cakes and pastries using machines or by hand.

Potential salary
£13,750 to £40,000
Working hours
41 to 45 a week
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • making sure you have enough supplies
  • measuring out large quantities of ingredients
  • working safely with machinery like power mixers, industrial ovens and production lines
  • making dough
  • working out cooking times
  • keeping production areas clean
  • developing new products

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a store or in a factory.

Your working environment may be dusty, physically demanding and noisy.

With experience, you could become a bakery supervisor, charge hand or production manager.

As an in-store or industrial baker, you could move into a job at a flour mill or become a sales representative.

You could also become a technical adviser or development baker for a baked goods or equipment company.

Another option is to become a craft baker and set up your own business.

You can find out more about working in the food and drinks industry from Tasty Careers and the Federation of Bakers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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