How to become a Pastrycook

Pastrycooks mix, bake, fill, ice and decorate all kinds of cakes and pastries.

Personal requirements of a Pastrycook

  • enjoy practical work
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • artistic and creative
  • good health, with no skin allergies or chronic chest complaints
  • clean and tidy
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • good organisational skills.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.8%

NSW 30.8%

NT 1.2%

QLD 27.8%

SA 6.9%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 20.8%

WA 9.9%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 68.2%

Female 31.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 5.2%

Not completed Year 12: 14.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 22.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 38.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 4.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 55.1%

Above 35 years: 44.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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