Bakers (NOC 6332)

About this job

Bakers make bread, rolls, muffins, pies, pastries, cakes and cookies in retail and wholesale bakeries and dining establishments.

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People in this occupation:

  • work in a variety of food establishments, but most jobs are in bakeries, supermarkets, catering companies, hotels, restaurants, hospitals
  • may be self-employed
  • should be creative, precise and enjoy working with their hands
  • must make sure that public health standards are met

Those who supervise other workers are included in this occupational group.

Common job titles
  • baker, hospitality
  • baker, pastry
  • baker, retail / grocery / supermarket
  • head baker
  • supervisor, bakery
  • baker, hospitality
  • baker, pastry
  • baker, retail / grocery / supermarket
  • head baker
  • supervisor, bakery

Duties

Bakers:

  • make dough for pies, bread and rolls and sweet goods
  • prepare batters for muffins, cookies, cakes, icings and frostings according to recipes or special customer orders
  • run baking machinery such as high-volume mixing machines, ovens and other equipment to produce large quantities of baked goods
  • bake mixed doughs and batters
  • frost and decorate cakes or other baked goods
  • make sure product quality meets established standards
  • create production schedule to decide the type and quantity of goods to purchase
  • purchase baking supplies
  • may supervise sales of baked goods
  • may hire, train and supervise baking and kitchen staff

Work environment

Employees work shifts and may work early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays. While many bakers work as part of a team, they also may work alone when baking particular items.

Bakers often work with large mixers, ovens and other small-scale industrial equipment. They typically work in hot, steam-filled work areas and must be able to work safely to avoid accidents and injuries.

Bakers typically work under strict order deadlines and critical time-sensitive baking requirements, which can cause stress. Bakers must make sure quality is maintained and safety and sanitation guidelines are followed.

Insights from industry

British Columbia's growing population and tourism industry will drive the demand for baked goods. Consumer tastes are also changing, showing a greater preference for healthy, high-end products and specialty baked goods.

These trends have resulted in the growth of smaller bakeries that offer organic products and meet specialty demands. Larger companies, such as supermarket chains and hotels, are responding to these demands by opting for on-site bakeries and fewer wholesale baked goods. These trends have created a demand for skilled bakers, particularly those with trade certification.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Individuals may start in this occupation as production assistants or assistants to bakers. These workers may then advance to an apprentice baker position.

With completion of apprenticeship, sufficient experience and training, it is possible for workers to progress to baking executive/supervisor. Experienced bakers may also start their own businesses.

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