Bakers make bread, cakes, pastries, and other baked goods.

What does a baker do?

Bakers make bread, cakes, pastries and other baked goods. You could work in three main types of bakery:

  • At a plant bakery, you use machinery and production lines to manufacture large amounts of baked goods for shops, supermarkets and other large customers.
  • As an in-store baker, you use some automated machinery to make fresh bread products to be sold in the store.
  • At a craft bakery, you create a smaller amount of products to be sold in a shop, delicatessen, or chain of specialist shops. This work is more varied, and although some machinery is used, you do much of the work by hand.

What do I need to do to become a baker?

You can apply for work as a trainee or apprentice in a bakery without any specific qualifications, although employers may ask for some GCSEs, for example English, maths, science or food technology.

Some local colleges offer full-time courses in professional bakery. 

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Business management
  • Customer service
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Food technology

Desirable qualifications

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE maths
  • GCSE science
  • GCSE food technology
  • Apprenticeship in food and drink (baking)

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You will be working indoors, for either a small, medium, or large company.

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