What does a Baker (423A) do?

Bakers prepare dough for pies, different types of bread, and other sweet goods. They also prepare batters for different types of muffins, cookies, and cakes for sale in retail food establishments (ie. grocery stores), restaurants, or other establishments. Bakers may also frost and decorate cakes or other baked goods.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Planning the sequence of tasks in order to produce quality goods that people will want to buy
  • Calculating raw product requirements to meet production demand
  • Ensuring baked goods are produced according to schedule to meet customer demand
  • Performing job duties carefully, with attention to detail; observing proper hygiene practices
  • Safely operating equipment including conventional ovens, microwaves, food processors, and high-tech equipment
  • Keeping up with changes, trends, and customer preferences for baked goods (ie. organic products)
  • Overseeing sale and merchandising of baked goods
  • Hiring, supervising, and training new staff

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math credits; food preparation experience is an asset
  • Hospitality and Tourism Specialist High Skills Major program an asset
  • Completion of a 5,280-hour apprenticeship, plus two 12-week in-school sessions

What's Your Future as a Baker (423A)?

  • Full or part-time; sometimes in shifts and during irregular hours
  • May supervise department staff, train new hires, or schedule production
  • Use of robotics and specialized mechanical equipment has led to some job loss, but anticipated that specialty bakeshops will continue to expand
  • Employers include bakery manufacturing companies, wholesale food manufacturers, food stores, restaurants, hotels, and specialty baking/pastry businesses

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified bakers earn an average of $16.00-$24.00 per hour, plus benefits and shift premiums.

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Baker (423A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination? Are you a creative person?
Do you enjoy working with numbers, ratios, and performing calculations?
Do you like working with your hands and different tools and equipment?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you have good customer service skills? Do you have patience?
Are you detail-oriented and good with colours? Do you like to brainstorm with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Baker (423A) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Cook
  • Pâtissier – Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Artist

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