From craft to commercial - baked goods are a key part of the Kiwi diet and require a mix of scientific and creative skills to maintain high standards

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Mixing, preparing, baking and decorating cakes, breads, pastries and/or other goods for consumers to purchase and eat. Baking requires a love for hands-on creative work but bakers also need some scientific knowledge to mix ingredients.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day starting early or shift work.Bakers can mix, prepare and bake breads, biscuit, cakes and pastries.
They understand food hygiene and may also clean equipment, handle and order ingredients.Craft bakers also learn to decorate baked goods. 

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How much could I earn?

  • Newly qualified

    $40k- $45k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • NCEA Level 1 could be useful
  • Food Processing-Safety and Health
  • Baking
  • Craft Barker
  • Plant Baker
  • Specialist Baker
  • Specialist Technical Advisor
  • Food Researcher
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Test Bakery Technician
  • Production Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager/Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning