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Working As A Baker's Assistant

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $17,222

    Average Salary

What Does A Baker's Assistant Do

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks. 

Duties

Food preparation workers typically do the following:

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Weigh or measure ingredients, such as meats and liquids
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking
  • Cut meats, poultry, and seafood and prepare them for cooking
  • Mix ingredients for salads
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Take and record the temperature of food and food storage areas
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Food preparation workers perform routine, repetitive tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. To help cooks and other kitchen staff, they prepare ingredients for dishes by slicing and dicing vegetables and by making salads and cold food items. Other common duties include keeping salad bars and buffet tables stocked and clean.

Food preparation workers retrieve pots and pans, clean and store kitchen equipment, and unload and store food supplies. When needed, they retrieve food and equipment for cooks and chefs. In some kitchens, food preparation workers use a variety of commercial kitchen equipment, such as commercial dishwashers, blenders, slicers, or grinders.

In restaurants, workers stock and use soda machines, coffeemakers, and espresso machines to prepare beverages for customers. In fast-food restaurants, food preparation workers may take customer orders and process payments.

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How To Become A Baker's Assistant

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.

Education

There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.

Training

Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Average Length of Employment
Baker Helper 2.2 years
Baker 2.1 years
Baker Apprentice 2.0 years
Baker's Assistant 2.0 years
Bakery Worker 1.7 years
Baker/Cashier 1.6 years
Bakery Assistant 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 12.9%
Internship 9.7%
Baker 8.0%
Cook 4.9%
Server 4.6%
Hostess 4.2%
Volunteer 4.1%
Barista 3.8%
Line Cook 3.7%
Prep Cook 3.4%
Manager 2.5%
Assistant 2.4%
Top Employers After
Baker 11.3%
Cashier 10.5%
Cook 6.2%
Line Cook 5.6%
Server 4.7%
Internship 4.6%
Prep Cook 4.4%
Manager 3.1%
Barista 2.7%
Volunteer 2.7%
Associate 2.6%

Baker's Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

34.9%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

French

11.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Russian

6.7%

German

5.0%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Swedish

1.7%

Danish

1.7%

Dungan

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Ukrainian

1.7%

Slovak

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%
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Baker's Assistant Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

19.7%

Culinary Institute of America

14.8%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

9.2%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Oregon State University

4.9%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Saint Cloud State University

3.5%

Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

2.8%

Ohio University -

2.8%

Appalachian State University

2.8%

Ashford University

2.8%

Montgomery College

2.8%

Stratford University

2.8%

College of Southern Maryland

2.8%

Orange Coast College

2.8%

Diablo Valley College

2.8%

Florida State University

2.8%

Miami Dade College

2.8%

Kaplan University

2.8%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

27.2%

Business

13.9%

Psychology

6.0%

General Studies

4.9%

Hospitality Management

4.5%

English

4.3%

Communication

4.1%

Accounting

3.9%

Fine Arts

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Nursing

3.0%

Photography

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Biology

2.1%

Food And Nutrition

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

34.5%

Bachelors

33.2%

Associate

19.7%

Certificate

7.2%

Masters

2.5%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Baker's Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Baker's Assistant Baked In Telluride Telluride, CO Jun 01, 2016 $28,571
Baker's Assistant Baked In Telluride CO Jun 17, 2013 $28,300
Baker's Assistant Baked In Telluride CO Jun 01, 2014 $25,190
Bakers Assistant C. Forbriger LLC Fairfax, OH Jul 01, 2011 $21,914 -
$22,957
Baker Assistant Vanilla, Inc. Linthicum, MD Nov 01, 2016 $20,870
Baker Assistant Moon On Serrano, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 08, 2016 $20,800

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Top Skills for A Baker's Assistant

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Top Baker's Assistant Skills

  1. Cake Orders
  2. Bakery Products
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Answered phones to take custom cake and cupcake orders.
  • Produce and apply decorations on bakery products under supervision.
  • Utilized excellent customer service skills - Facilitated phone calls
  • Organize shift clean up and ensure kitchen equipment, floors, and counters were properly sanitized.
  • Followed recipes according to prep list and assisted with food preparation for large events.

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