A baker helper may work in a setting that is small and specialized, or large and producing a high volume of items. The primary skills needed are the ability to work well with others in order to produce baked goods quickly and efficiently, the ability to communicate effectively, and the ability take direction from the head baker. This means the baker helper will need a strong eye for detail and strong basic math skills, in order to accurately measure ingredients to produce baked goods. This helps needs to be able to increase or decrease ingredients in order to adjust recipes to fit the amount of products being made and to follow baking times exactly.
A baker helper will, however, do more than just bake items. They generally have the responsibility of preparing equipment for use at the beginning of the day. They are also responsible for cleaning and maintaining equipment as needed throughout the day, especially at the end of the workday. A baker helper may also find themselves carrying large items like sacks of flour and other ingredients, trays of goods before and after baking, and working directly with customers to take their orders or sell them items that have already been made.
The educational requirements for a baker helper vary. Many attend a culinary school. Others have little more than a high school education but have learned and developed the skills of a baker helper while on the job.
Baker Helper Tasks
Monitor proper equipment operation and compliance with food safety handling policies.
Set oven temperatures, conveyor speeds, and monitor baking progress.
Assist in measuring, blending, storing, and preparing baked goods according to recipe, quality, and presentation standards.