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Working As A Bakery Helper

  • 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 Bakery Helper 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 Bakery Helper

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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Bakery Helper Demographics

Gender

Female

63.3%

Male

33.8%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Russian

20.0%

German

20.0%

Bulgarian

20.0%

Hmong

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Bakery Helper Education

Schools

East Tennessee State University

12.0%

Weber State University

8.0%

Remington College

8.0%

Tennessee Technological University

8.0%

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

Ferris State University

4.0%

William Rainey Harper College

4.0%

College of Southern Idaho

4.0%

Illinois Central College

4.0%

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

4.0%

Husson University

4.0%

Indiana State University

4.0%

Bucks County Community College

4.0%

Catawba Valley Community College

4.0%

Western Kentucky University

4.0%

Cape Cod Community College

4.0%

Jose Maria Vargas University

4.0%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

Brown Mackie College-North Canton

4.0%
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Majors

Business

17.9%

Computer Science

10.3%

Management

5.1%

Cosmetology

5.1%

Construction Management

5.1%

Medical Assisting Services

5.1%

Nursing

5.1%

Physical Therapy

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

General Studies

5.1%

Early Childhood Education

5.1%

Accounting

5.1%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.6%

Animal Science

2.6%

Library Science And Administration

2.6%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

2.6%

Mathematics

2.6%
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Degrees

Other

48.3%

Associate

18.3%

Bachelors

16.7%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

5.0%

Masters

3.3%

License

1.7%
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Top Skills for A Bakery Helper

With/ServiceCustomersBakeGoodsCustomerOrdersStorageAreaBreadDoughBakeryDeliveriesFoodSuppliesBakeryItemsKitchenToolsBakeryProductQualitySpecialOrdersGMPHot-BarServiceMeatWeightStockCupCakesSuperoneSpecialtyBreadsBakeryShelvesUnloadItemsProductionOvens

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Top Bakery Helper Skills

  1. With/Service Customers
  2. Bake Goods
  3. Customer Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Bake and decorate cake and other bake goods for display case and helped made some pizza
  • Prepared food for customer orders.
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
  • Cleaned work areas, kitchen tools, equipment, dishes, utensils.
  • Maintained highest standards of bakery product quality.

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