Baker’s work to create food such as bread, cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries. They’re responsible for preparing and measuring ingredients properly, ensuring food is created to the proper standard and other tasks such as decorating sweet-baked goods.
Baker’s may work in factories, restaurants, retail stores, or from home. Workers use appliances such as open mixers, hot ovens, and cutters so it should be noted that injuries can happen in this environment.
Bakers can work long hours and find themselves working from very early in the morning to late in the evenings, weekends, or even during holiday periods.
However, this doesn’t phase many people working in the industry who love their job and creating food enjoyed by many people.
Work experience will be much more important than general education and you will be required to work on your craft continually if you wish to progress in your career.
If you have a love of baking and are considering starting a career as a baker, here’s what you need to know.
Education and training
Higher education is not a requirement for bakers and many gain experience while undergoing an apprenticeship. Here they will learn best practices such as food preparation, measuring, and health and safety procedures, under the supervision of a senior baker. While a degree is not necessary, many apprenticeship programs that are offered through technical or community colleges often result an associate degree or certification.
An essential element to working with any form of food is to learning how to handle it and prepare it safely. Food preparation is essential. Ingredients that have gone bad or aren’t handled properly can make customers very sick. It is recommended that students take an additional sanitation course, which are useful and sometimes necessary when seeking certification.
Certification is not required by most employers but it can help bakers stand out from the competition. The Retail Bakers of America organisation offers certificate options for different levels of bakers.
These options include certified journey Baker, certified baker, and certified Master Baker. The certification you can receive will depend on your level of experience and individuals seeking certified baker credentials or higher will have needed to complete a sanitation course. Those that have acquired certification can expect better job prospects and higher levels of income.
Make sure you keep up with the certifications as you will be eligible for different levels as you accumulate more experience.
If you are considering opening your own bakery then it’s recommended you gain a greater understanding of business including entrepreneurship, managing your own business, budgeting, marketing strategies, pricing and costing. You’ll also need to know how to monitor and keep track of all your finances.
Your duties will depend on where you work or what you specialise in, but the following are common:
- Prepare bread rolls muffins cookies pies cakes doughnuts biscuits and other pastries
- Ice and frost sweet baked goods
- Reviewed production schedules to determine variety and quantity of goods needed to be baked
- Order ingredients and in sure correct stock levels are maintained
- Clean and maintain work areas utensils and equipment
- Ensure the highest food preparation standards
- Utilize various kitchen machinery
- Customer relations
The best way to advance your career is to gain years of experience. Bakers will normally starts out as a Baker’s Assistant and progress as they learn techniques and skills required to create high-quality products.
Bakers will often specialize in certain areas for example pastry makers or cake bakers.
This helps a baker to grow their reputation in the profession and is also essential if the baker is considering opening their own business.