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

Craft Baker

craft baker 6Craft bakers can work in small bakeries, patisseries, cafes, supermarkets and restaurants. They bake and decorate a range of food products and can specialise in a specific type of baking.

craft baker 8Typically, an eight-hour day starting early or shift work.

Bakers can mix, prepare and bake bread, 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.

Plant Baker

plant baker 3Plant bakers work in factories preparing and baking goods such as bread, biscuits, cakes and pastries. They use production machinery to safely and hygienically prepare large volumes of food products and may learn maintenance skills for minor repairs.

Typically, an eight-hour day; starting early or shift work.

Plant bakers undertake training on specialist equipment to set up, control and shut down manufacturing procedures and ensure quality control. They also learn about the science of baking in large volumes.


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Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving/creative
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling /or persuading people
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail or shop)
  • One place every day

Career pathway

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