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Bakers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, bakers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium to high level of social contact. They often talk to customers and baker's assistants.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Communicate with others in face-to-face discussions on a daily basis. They also often talk on the telephone, such as when taking orders.
  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations, depending on the work setting. Bakers who produce large quantities for manufacturing companies are more likely to be exposed to cuts and minor burns.
  • Sometimes wear a special uniform.
  • May be exposed to very hot temperatures from ovens.
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  • May work close to others, usually within a few feet.
  • May work in settings that are loud or have distracting noises, such as from large mixers.
  • Usually wear safety equipment such as gloves and hair nets.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Leaving out an ingredient could ruin products.
  • Make decisions and determine daily tasks and goals based on orders and quotas.
  • Must sometimes work under deadlines.


  • May work part time or full time.
  • May work early mornings, late evenings, holidays, and weekends. This is more likely for bakers who work in restaurants, grocery stores, and bakery shops.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.