Caterers plan, organize and direct the preparation and service of food and beverages for banquets and other social functions.
Employment and Advancement
Bakers are employed in retail and wholesale bakeries, supermarkets, hospitals, institutions, hotels, catering companies, restaurants and camps.
Experienced bakers may advance to supervisory positions, start their own businesses or transfer their skills to related occupations such as cook (for more information, see the Cook occupation profile), pastry cook, cake decorator, baking instructor or supply company salesperson. Alberta certified journeyperson bakers who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
In Alberta, 95% of people employed as bakers are employed in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 6,200 Albertans are employed in the Bakers occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 118 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
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