Hospitality and Tourism Management Careers | Restaurant / Food Service Manager

Restaurant / Food Service Manager

Career Area: Hospitality, Food, and Tourism

Occupation Group: Food Service Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Restaurant / Food Service Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $40,079

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $42,371

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Oversees daily operations at a restaurant or an institution that serves meals such as a college or hospital. Hires, trains and supervises food service workers, manages meal and work schedules, supervises supply orders, food preparation and the quality of food and service, and monitors compliance with health regulations.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina14089+11.3%
Nationwide351144+9%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Restaurant / Food Service Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Leadership: Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Restaurant Management: Restaurant Management is the profession of managing a restaurant.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Food Safety: Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.
  • Cost Control: Working experience of Cost Control, which is the practice of identifying and reducing business expenses to increase profits, starting with the budgeting process. A business owner compares actual results to the budget expectations, and if actual costs are higher than planned, management takes action. As an example, a company can obtain bids from other vendors that provide the same product or service, which can lower costs.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Restaurant / Food Service Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Food Preparation: Food preparation preparing food for eating, generally requires selection, measurement and combination of ingredients in an ordered procedure so as to achieve desired results.
  • Cooking: Cooking or cookery is the art, technology and craft of preparing food for consumption with or without the use of heat.
  • Cash Handling: Cash management refers to a broad area of finance involving the collection, handling, and usage of cash.
  • Cash Control: Cash controls are the regulations imposed by many countries at their national borders on the physical movement of currency (or an equivalent, such as traveler's cheques, promissory notes, money orders) into and out of the country.
  • Restaurant Industry Knowledge: A restaurant is a business which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years72%
3 to 5 years26%
6 to 8 years1%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Assistant Manager
  • General Manager
  • Shift Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Assistant General Manager

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