Bakers and pastry cooks prepare and bake bread loaves, rolls, buns, cakes and pastry goods.

Where bakers and pastry cooks are employed

Bakers work in factories producing baked products, specialty cake stores, 'in-house' bakeries in supermarkets and independent or franchised bakeries.

Bakers with sufficient start-up money may set up their own businesses.

Pay

Full-time bakers and pastry cooks in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $799 per week.

Graph of pay scales for bakers and pastry cooks

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,329 people employed full-time as bakers and pastry cooks in South Australia, compared with 1,356 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a baker you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in plant baking or retail baking (bread/combined). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. For more information see apprenticeships.

Ask your career adviser about starting this training in school.

See courses related to this occupation.

Licencing or registration requirements

In South Australia, there are currently no licensing or registration requirements for bakers and pastry cooks.

Many employers will require a minimum of a Certificate III education level or a trade certificate.

If you have experience but no formal qualifications there are options for you to gain recognition to meet minimum industry requirements and standards. 

  • You may be able to have your skills assessed to the minimum education level required by industry through a Registered Training Organisation authorised to deliver the relevant course.
  • If you have a minimum 6 years of experience you may also be eligible to apply for The Food, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Skills Advisory Council SA (FTH Skills Council) Recognition Program.

For more information about the current courses available and training providers – see Find a training course

Recognition of qualifications obtained outside Australia

If you have overseas gained qualifications and or experience as a baker or pastry cook there are options to gain recognition to meet the industry requirements and standards.

  • You may be able to have your skills assessed to the minimum education level required by industry through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) authorised to deliver the relevant course.
  • Once recognition is gained from an RTO you can apply to Regulation and Contract Management to obtain a Certificate of Recognition.
  • If you have a minimum 6 years of experience you may also be eligible to apply for The Food, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Skills Advisory Council SA (FTH Skills Council) Recognition Program.
  • You may be eligible to undertake a fast tracked adult apprenticeship.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Specialist Migrant Services on 08 8303 2450 or email sms@sa.gov.au.

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