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Baker and Pastrycook

Bakers and Pastrycooks mix, prepare and bake flour and other ingredients to produce a variety of breads, rolls, cakes, pies, pastries and other baked goods. They are required to perform physical and repetitive work and need to have strong hand eye coordination. They work in a range of different settings from small bakeries selling direct to the public, to large grocery store chains or industrial plants and often work early mornings or nights.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict health and safety regulations, check equipment routinely, and perform maintenance or cleaning regularly
  • Follow recipes and adapt the quantity of ingredients as required
  • Knead, roll and shape the dough or pastry for baking, either manually or using a machine
  • Operate equipment such as slicing and wrapping machines
  • Order and receive supplies and equipment
  • Prepare customer orders and serve customers
  • Prepare items for sale including decorating and applying icings and glaze
  • Set oven temperatures and place items into hot ovens for baking

Skills required

  • Able to Work Well Under Pressure
  • Fit and Able to Perform Physical and Repetitive Tasks
  • Good Hand Eye Coordination and Manual Dexterity
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Understanding of Health and Safety Regulations

Working conditions

Bakers and Pastrycooks work indoors in a variety of settings such as plants, restaurants, grocery stores and bakery shops. They are often required to work in hot and humid conditions, use heavy machinery, stand for long periods of time and complete repetitive physical activities such as kneading and rolling dough. They may work nights, early mornings, late evenings, holidays and weekends.

Professional associations / Industry information

AgriFood Skills Australia
Baking Association of Australia
National Baking Industry Association

Related jobs and job titles

  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Confectioner
  • Cook
  • Kitchenhand
  • Pastry Chef
  • Patissier