Learn about the types of people who become pastry chefs. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

73% of pastry chefs work in full-time roles while 27% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a pastry chef. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming pastry chefs at a ratio of 1.87 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

82% of pastry chefs are female and 18% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a pastry chef and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a pastry chef and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a pastry chef than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of pastry chefs are White, making up 56% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 13% and 9% respectively.