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Bakery Assistant

Provider assistance to Bakers and Pastry Chefs in a bakery or commercial kitchen

What's it like to be a Bakery Assistant?

Bakery Assistants provide support to Bakers, Pastry Chefs, Cooks and Pâtissiers. Bakery Assistants are responsible for proper food storage, cleaning the preparation area and making sure utensils and trays are clean and ready for use.

Bakery Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Preparing ingredients for cooking - washing, measuring, slicing, peeling, roasting and caramelising.
  • Providing a steady supply of clean utensils, trays, cutlery and crockery.
  • Storing food safely.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the kitchen thoroughly according to food safety standards.
  • Assisting with baking under the direction of the senior food worker.
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Most Bakery Assistants are required to start work early to get baked goods ready for morning trade.

What can I earn as a Bakery Assistant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Bakery Assistant is between $45k and $55k

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How to become a Bakery Assistant


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You don’t need any qualifications to become a Bakery Assistant, but it is common to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements vary depending on the organisation but most require a minimum education attainment of Year 10.

  1. Get work experience in a kitchen to make sure you enjoy the hours and environment, and gain practical skills.
  2. If you want to learn through a structured course, apply for an apprenticeship, or undertake a course at TAFE, a private college or a culinary school. You can enrol in a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30813). There is also a Certificate III in Patisserie (SIT31016) for people wanting to specialise in pastry.
  3. You can also gain an undergraduate qualification by completing a Bachelor degree in Culinary Management.

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How do Bakery Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 9 Bakery Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
4.1

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Aug 2019
It’s a pretty good job. Can be tough at times but if you love cakes, bread and cookies then you’ll love this.
Reviewer's Qualification
None
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Bakery
The good things
You get to decorate cakes which is super fun. Pretty good pay depending on where you work. Job security.
The challenges
Honestly there’s not many. If you want to get better at the cake decorating side of the job make sure you’re practicing at home.
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Aug 2019
Fulfilled job
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 3 travel
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Grocery
The good things
Variety of orders. Large and small. Talk to different people everyday.
The challenges
Not enough staff. Hard when not enough stock. Some difficult customers.
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What are the job opportunities for Bakery Assistants?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
6.4%
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Source: LMIP. Bakers and Pastrycooks

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