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Most applicants qualify with a high school diploma and several years of work experience in the food service industry as a cook, waiter or waitress, or counter attendant. Some applicants have received additional training at a community college, technical or vocational school, culinary school, or 4-year college.Education
Although a bachelor’s degree is not required, some postsecondary education is increasingly preferred for many manager positions, especially at upscale restaurants and hotels. Some food service companies, hotels, and restaurant chains recruit management trainees from college hospitality or food service management programs. These programs may require the participants to work in internships and to have real-life food industry-related experiences in order to graduate.
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management or institutional food service management. In addition, numerous community colleges, technical institutes, and other institutions offer programs in the field that lead to an associate’s degree. Some culinary schools offer programs in restaurant management with courses designed for those who want to start and run their own restaurant.
Most programs provide instruction in nutrition, sanitation, and food preparation, as well as courses in accounting, business law, and management. Some programs combine classroom and practical study with internships.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Most food service managers start working in industry-related jobs, such as cooks, waiters and waitresses, or hosts and hostesses. They often spend years working under the direction of an experienced worker, learning the necessary skills before they are promoted to manager positions.Training
Managers who work for restaurant chains and food service management companies may be required to complete programs that combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Topics may include food preparation, sanitation, security, company policies, personnel management, and recordkeeping.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Although certification is not required, managers may obtain the Food Protection Managers Certification (FPMC) by passing a food safety exam. The American National Standards Institute accredits institutions that offer the FPMC.
In addition, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation awards the Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) designation, a voluntary certification to managers who meet the following criteria:
The certification attests to professional competence, particularly for managers who learned their skills on the job.Important Qualities
Business skills. Food service managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, must understand all aspects of the restaurant business. They should know how to budget for supplies, set prices, and manage workers to ensure that the restaurant is profitable.
Communication skills. Food service managers must give clear orders to staff and be able to communicate effectively with employees and customers.
Customer-service skills. Food service managers must be courteous and attentive when dealing with patrons. Satisfying customers’ dining needs is critical to business success and ensures customer loyalty.
Detail oriented. Managers deal with many different types of activities. They ensure that there is enough food to serve to customers, they maintain financial records, and they ensure that the food meets health and safety standards.
Leadership skills. Managers must establish good working relationships to maintain a productive work environment. Carrying out this task may involve motivating workers and leading by example.
Organizational skills. Food service managers keep track of many different schedules, budgets, and staff. Their job becomes more complex as the size of the restaurant or food service facility increases.
Physical stamina. Managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, often work long shifts and sometimes spend entire evenings on their feet helping to serve customers.
Problem-solving skills. Managers need to be able to resolve personnel issues and customer-related problems.
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Hispanic or Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.5%
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Johnson & Wales University18.3%
University of Phoenix10.1%
Culinary Institute of America7.7%
University of Central Florida6.0%
Michigan State University5.5%
University of Houston4.8%
Arizona State University3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.9%
Florida State University3.9%
Iowa State University3.9%
Florida International University3.6%
College of Charleston3.4%
Georgia State University3.4%
University of Wisconsin - Stout3.1%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas3.1%
Texas Tech University3.1%
University of Missouri - Columbia3.1%
University of Alabama2.9%
Ohio State University2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Restaurant/Catering Manager||SJG Foods||New York, NY||Feb 25, 2011||$73,736|
|Korean Food Catering Manager||Woori Shim Corporation DBA Woori Food Market||San Francisco, CA||Oct 18, 2016||$72,000|
|Banquet & Catering Manager||Oankar Corporation||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Sep 13, 2013||$70,000|
|Sales and Catering Manager||Shawn Shafaii Party and Reception Center||Houston, TX||Feb 08, 2016||$65,000|
|Catering Manager||B.A.B Events, Inc.||North Miami Beach, FL||Aug 10, 2015||$65,000|
|Estate Hospitality and Catering Manager||Capital Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 01, 2011||$60,000|
|Hotel Conference Planner/Catering Manager||The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa||Tucson, AZ||Oct 01, 2010||$60,000|
|Events and Catering Manager||Battery Wave, LLC D/B/A Battery Gardens||New York, NY||Jul 09, 2015||$59,197|
|Catering Manager||Pomona College||Claremont, CA||Jan 17, 2011||$55,000|
|Catering Manager||Aramark Campus, LLC||Farmville, VA||Sep 30, 2011||$54,500|
|Restaurant and Catering Manager||Manila Food Express||Colton, CA||Mar 08, 2011||$53,699|
|Events and Catering Manager||Amber India Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$51,000 -
|Events and Catering Manager||Amber India Enterprises Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$50,000 -
|Catering Manager||Doolins Irish Pub, LLC||Durham, NC||Sep 27, 2013||$46,000|
|Catering Manager||The Pongal LLC||Billerica, MA||Oct 04, 2010||$45,000|
|Catering and Banquest Set Up Manager||Wynn Las Vegas, LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Nov 02, 2009||$45,000|
|Catering Manager||The Pongal LLC||Billerica, MA||Oct 01, 2012||$44,762|
|Catering Manager||Thompson Hospitality||Richmond, VA||Oct 01, 2011||$44,730|
|Catering Manager||Seven Spices, LLC||Irving, TX||Sep 29, 2015||$44,429|
|Catering Manager||Spris, Inc.||Miami Beach, FL||Feb 02, 2010||$43,680|
|Catering Manager||Main Street Distributors Corp||Huntington Station, NY||Dec 31, 2011||$43,556|
|Catering Manager||JAI JAI Vaishno Inc. DBA Royal Sweet||Chicago, IL||Apr 29, 2008||$39,653|
|Meeting/Catering Manager||Highgate Oxford Management Company LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$38,022|
|Catering Manager||Interstate Management Company, LLC||Washington, DC||Dec 01, 2010||$38,022|
|Catering Manager||Crossroads Hospitality Management Company, LLC||Washington, DC||Dec 01, 2010||$38,022|
|Social Catering Manager||MDM Brickell Hotel Group, Ltd.||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2010||$38,000|
|Catering Manager||NYC1890 LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$37,566|
|Manager, Restaurant & Catering||Sathiam Enterprises, LLC||Edison, NJ||Dec 07, 2013||$37,500|
|Manager, Restaurant & Catering||Sathiam Enterprises, LLC||Edison, NJ||Sep 06, 2014||$37,500|
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