- knowledge of food production methods
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- maths knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to use your initiative
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- making sure you have enough supplies
- measuring out large quantities of ingredients
- working safely with machinery like power mixers, industrial ovens and production lines
- making dough
- working out cooking times
- keeping production areas clean
- developing new products
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a store or in a factory.
Your working environment may be dusty, physically demanding and noisy.
With experience, you could become a bakery supervisor, charge hand or production manager.
As an in-store or industrial baker, you could move into a job at a flour mill or become a sales representative.
You could also become a technical adviser or development baker for a baked goods or equipment company.
Another option is to become a craft baker and set up your own business.
You can find out more about working in the food and drinks industry from Tasty Careers and the Federation of Bakers.