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If you are looking for overnight or night jobs, you may not have thought about a night baker position. Think about all the places that sell or serve baked goods. There are local bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, commercial manufacturers, hotels, and donut shops. The minimum age to work is usually 18 as the associate or baker will be operating equipment and machinery. Some of the stores that are looking for help right now are Panera Bread, Donut Shops, The Fresh Market, Hilton Worldwide, and Whole Foods Market.
You can become a baker through on-the-job training or by an apprenticeship program. Although not necessary, culinary school can be helpful. Some employers start the inexperienced as trainees and teach them everything. A baker can also pursue a certification to distinguish his or her skills.
This work can be stressful as there are deadlines to meet. There is some physical risk from operating stoves and equipment and from lifting ingredients. The hours are in the early morning, late night, weekends, and overnights.
Night Baker Job Description:
Pie Making: make dough, roll out pie crusts, assemble pies and assist other bakers
Bread Making: Prepare and bake bread, rolls, pastries and desserts. Must follow recipes and know about icing and decoration.
Baker: Prepares products according to standard recipe. Maintains inventory of raw and finished goods for quantity and for quality. Monitors storage and refrigeration. Rotates goods and keeps track of expiration dates. Ensures the freshness of items. Keeps accurate logs. Keeps everything clean.
Orders and maintains equipment such as slicers, case cutters, ovens, utensils, scales, mixers, film wrappers, racks, unicarts, skids, pricing guns, compactors, cake machines, coolers, freezers and cleaning equipment.
The night baker will have shelves stocked and cases clean for the day shift.
The job prospect is good. Everyone eats bread and baked goods. There are also jobs posted for night shift bakery associates and managers.