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Bakery Jobs Overview Bakers prepare pies, rolls, muffins, cakes and a wide variety of other goods that require baking. ...

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Bakery Jobs Overview

Bakers prepare pies, rolls, muffins, cakes and a wide variety of other goods that require baking. They may work in a plant bakery providing goods to be packaged and sent to other locations, or at a bakery in-store both preparing and often serving fresh baked goods to customers. They are responsible for ensuring that baked goods are both tasty and adequately cooked through, according to safety standards. Bakers typically work 39 hours a week, although hours may vary significantly for in-store bakeries, and particularly for bakeries in grocers or other large stores.

Bakery Jobs Education Requirements

Bakery jobs typically prize work experience over education, according to the National Career Service. Some employers, particularly at plant bakeries, will want to see GCSEs. Otherwise, it is fairly easy to find a position as an apprentice or with a trainee baker job. Bakery jobs beyond that will often require either experience or education from a college, such as a Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Professional Bakery.

Bakery Jobs Market

In both the UK and countries beyond, it is easiest to get a lucrative bakery job with previous experience in the industry, typically with specific dishes that are popular in a given region. It is common for new bakery jobs to open as current bakers retire or move to other areas of the food industry or other catering jobs. The bakery job market is comparable to many other service industry positions, and bakers will generally find positions that match their experience and skills after some effort.

Bakery Jobs Salary Information

Bakery jobs typically earn between £13,000 and £19,000 a year, according to both PayScale and the National Career Service. Other positions requiring experience with or knowledge of specific and highly desirable baked goods can earn as much as £25,000 a year. Managerial positions, such as those in plant bakeries, can earn around £40,000 a year.

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