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Working As A Bakery Worker

  • 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

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Bakery Worker 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 Worker

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
Pantry Worker 2.4 years
Deli/Bakery Clerk 2.3 years
Bakery Chef 2.2 years
Baker 2.1 years
Bakery Worker 2.0 years
Bakery Helper 2.0 years
Bakery Clerk 1.8 years
House Worker 1.7 years
Baker's Assistant 1.7 years
Bakery Assistant 1.6 years
Bakery Associate 1.6 years
Deli Worker 1.4 years
Wrapper 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Bakery Worker
Cashier 25.9%
Waitress 5.1%
Server 4.5%
Volunteer 3.7%
Internship 3.1%
Assistant 3.1%
Hostess 2.5%
Cook 2.5%
Janitor 2.5%
Top Careers After Bakery Worker
Cashier 19.7%
Server 5.5%
Internship 4.7%
Waitress 4.0%
Volunteer 3.7%
Cleaner 3.2%
Assistant 3.2%

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Top Skills for A Bakery Worker

  1. Wedding Cakes
  2. Customer Service
  3. Bake Bread
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided excellent customer service/hospitality to customers.
  • Bake bread, pies, cookies and mix what needs to be mixed
  • Implement client satisfaction and retention through timely solution delivery within client-defined timeliness.
  • Assured implementation of food safety measures.
  • Follow all company safety regulations.

Bakery Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

63.9%

Male

26.6%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

67.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Mandarin

14.3%

Chinese

7.1%

Wolof

7.1%

French

7.1%

Russian

7.1%
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Bakery Worker Education

Schools

Brigham Young University

14.5%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

The Academy

8.7%

Ohio University -

5.8%

Ashford University

5.8%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.3%

A-Technical College

4.3%

Miami University

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

University of Toledo

4.3%

Utah State University

4.3%

Bowling Green State University

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Davidson County Community College

2.9%

Saint Joseph's University

2.9%

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

2.9%

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

2.9%

Thompson Institute

2.9%

Culinary Institute of America

2.9%
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Majors

Business

15.8%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

General Studies

7.2%

Health Care Administration

7.2%

Nursing

6.3%

Culinary Arts

5.4%

Liberal Arts

5.0%

Biology

4.5%

Psychology

4.5%

Communication

4.1%

Computer Science

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Hospitality Management

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Theatre

3.2%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Early Childhood Education

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

33.8%

Bachelors

33.8%

Associate

17.9%

Diploma

6.2%

Certificate

4.6%

Masters

2.1%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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