From craft to commercial - baked goods are a key part of the Kiwi diet and require a mix of scientific and creative skills to maintain high standards

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Mixing, preparing, baking and decorating cakes, breads, pastries and/or other goods for consumers to purchase and eat. Baking requires a love for hands-on creative work but bakers also need some scientific knowledge to mix ingredients.

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Typical day

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How could I get into the industry

Does this sound like you?

Study areas Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health
  •  Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving / creative
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling or persuading people
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail/shop/etc...)
  • One place every day

How much could I earn?

  • Newly qualified

    $40k- $45k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs
  • NCEA Level 1 could be useful
  • Food Processing-Safety and Health
  • Baking
  • Craft Barker
  • Plant Baker
  • Specialist Baker
  • Specialist Technical Advisor
  • Food Researcher
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Test Bakery Technician
  • Production Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager/Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

For more information

Careers NZ website