Bakers – NOC 6332 PR
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
of People Working in this Occupation
40.0% of the workforce does not have a secondary school diploma
30.0% of the workforce has a college diploma or certificate
30.0% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma
Age of the Workforce
in this Occupation
23.8% of the workforce is age 15 to 24
23.8% of the workforce is age 25 to 34
45.0% of bakers work in the Retail Trade sector
25.0% work in each of the Manufacturing and Accommodation and Food Services sectors
The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.
Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Projected growth rate in Ontario: 2.1% – 3%
What Else Do I Need to Know?
The majority of bakers are employed in limited-service restaurants, bakeries and baked goods manufacturing, and grocery stores.
Baking positions in limited-service restaurants are considered entry-level as they often do not require specialized knowledge, training or experience. Opportunities will be most plentiful in these establishments due to the low entrance requirements and high turnover. Bakers in large baked goods manufacturers, while also not performing the full range of duties of a certified baker, require a greater level of knowledge and responsibility than what is found in limited-service restaurants. Many of their duties are comparable to those of a similar occupation, namely “labourers in food processing”.
Meanwhile, bakers who work in bakeries, some full-service grocery stores, hotels, banquet facilities, and some high-end restaurants usually have the highest skill level. They are often responsible for duties not found in limited-service restaurants or manufacturing plants, including deciding what to produce, ordering supplies, and creating baked goods from scratch. Bakeries and smaller baked goods manufacturers may expect candidates to have formal training, certification or previous experience as a baker.
Demand for bakers at groceries and bakeries may strengthen as consumers shift to purchasing prepared baked goods rather than home-baking. Technology is also impacting this occupation, especially in large food manufacturing plants. As companies reduce costs and increase productivity by incorporating more automated baking machinery, the need for bakers in these establishments may continue to decline.
Seasonal demand leads to better opportunities for bakers in the fall months. The physically demanding work environment, higher incidence of part-time work and relatively young workforce in some sectors, will likely create more opportunities due to higher levels of staff turnover, especially in lower skill positions.