Studying patisserie leads to a rewarding (and fun!) career

Pastry chef: is it the right career choice for you?

If you have a massive sweet tooth and some great skills in the kitchen, then the answer is a resounding “yes!”

Think of the delight that comes with crafting cakes, decorating cupcakes, and baking cookies. Now imagine getting to do all of that for a living.

It sounds almost too good to be true – rest assured, it most certainly is!

Of course, this isn’t the only consideration that goes into making this sort of career choice.

You’ll also want to think about a range of other things before committing to your patisserie course in Melbourne.

Still on the fence? That’s why we’re here – read on to learn about the other sides of becoming a pastry chef, and whether it’s the right decision for you.

Is pastry chef a good career?

You may have second thoughts about taking patisserie as your primary or secondary course, and might find yourself asking whether it is a right career path for you.

Luckily, there are plenty of upsides to a career as a pastry chef!

Work in exciting roles as a pastry chef

Patisserie isn’t just a station in a larger kitchen – in many establishments, there’s a separate pastry kitchen altogether that functions independently of the main kitchen.

And like all other kitchens, the pastry and dessert kitchen has its own hierarchy and kitchen battalion.

As a pastry chef, you may find the opportunity to work in many different and exciting roles such as:

  • Executive Pastry Chef
  • Pastry Sous Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Baker
  • Business owner

You can take on a supervisory position, managing other staff and take on responsibility for developing a dessert menu, budgeting, inventory and ordering stocks.

You will also have an opportunity even to work hand-in-hand with an executive chef and even get to head the preparation of ingredients and application of baking techniques.

Not only does this offer plentiful opportunities for career advancement, but it also provides students plenty of varied experiences throughout your career.

And it all starts when you enrol in a patisserie course in Melbourne!

Flexible work and schedules

In many cases, pastry chefs in restaurants, hotels, and cafes operate throughout the day.

That breakfast bagel? A pastry chef prepared it.

The donut you savoured during your afternoon coffee break? You can thank the pastry chef for that.

Collecting desserts for a special birthday party? You guessed it, a pastry chef made those, too.

Thanks to this, pastry chefs are able to build a schedule around their lives.

Depending on the type of establishment in which you launch your career, you may have the opportunity to choose shifts that are convenient for you, whether you:

  • Prefer an early start, rising and shining for the morning rush
  • Wish to work more ‘standard’ hours in a hotel, bistro, or cafe
  • Are flexible with occasional weekend or late-night work 

This work flexibility gives you the freedom to do the things that you love outside work, or even explore further opportunities outside of work hours.


If you love working with your hands, you can’t go wrong with patisserie!

Part art, part science, pastry chefs spend much of their day creating new recipes, working with their hands and seeing the fruits of their labour take shape before their very eyes.

What’s more, you can see the satisfaction and joy you bring to people, day in and day out!

Certain people are drawn to this type of work, and find little satisfaction when they can’t see what they’re doing, or if the results are abstract, hidden, or delayed.

Pastry chefs on the other hand? Their proof is in the pudding – sometimes literally!

Sound like you? If so, you should seriously consider enrolling in a patisserie course in Melbourne.

Work anywhere – career prospects for pastry chefs

Coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, luxury cruises – wherever people demand food, there will be demand for pastry chefs.

Melbourne in particular has a bit of a reputation for being a foodie city – that includes desserts.

This gives you the freedom to move anywhere in the city (or the country) and still find work.

Say your spouse moves around a lot for work. Alternatively, you’re the type that gets itchy feet and likes to move every couple of years.

You need a qualification that will be able to land you a job just about anywhere – and our patisserie courses in Melbourne are just the thing.

Want to go global? You can do that too! A qualified pastry chef can find work anywhere in the world, from international hotels to any other business in the hospitality industry.


Working as a pastry chef comes with a certain degree of prestige and even envy.

People love their desserts. And as such, they’ll love the people responsible for them!

And this makes for a great conversation-starter.

You love desserts!

And really, isn’t this the most important thing you can ask from any career?

Enrol in one of our patisserie courses in Melbourne and Brisbane!

Turn your passion into a career and invest in your future with Academia’s patisserie school.

Academia provides you the opportunity to get your foot in the door of this highly-dynamic and promising industry.

Our Certificate III and Certificate IV in Patisserie teach you practical skills and provide in-depth knowledge you’ll need to succeed in a career in patisserie.

Certificate III in Patisserie

Familiarise yourself with a commercial kitchen and baking equipment as well as cake, pastries, desserts and other bakery products.

Combining classroom-based and practical learning, the Certificate III in Patisserie equips you with cookery skills and other safe work practices that you need to start a long and rewarding career as a pastry chef.

Explore this course.

Certificate IV in Patisserie

Finished your Certificate III in Patisserie? Looking to take your skills even further?

Prepare for leadership and supervisory roles in the kitchen when you enrol in our Certificate IV in Patisserie.

In addition to more advanced techniques, you’ll also learn about essential managerial responsibilities such as:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Inventory

Upon completion, this course will further allow you to enrol in our hospitality management school.

Explore Certificate IV in Patisserie

Enrol in our patisserie courses in Academia today!

Are you interested in a career as a pastry chef? Don’t know where to start?

The first step is to enrol in our patisserie courses in Melbourne or Brisbane.

Contact Academia today or fill in your details through our form and we will get back to you!