All About Food Service Managers
Food Service Manager Job Description Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
What Do Food Service Managers Do On a Daily Basis?
- Review work procedures and operational problems to determine ways to improve service, performance, or safety.
- Monitor compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving, and building maintenance in lodging and dining facilities.
- Coordinate assignments of cooking personnel to ensure economical use of food and timely preparation.
- Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.
- Test cooked food by tasting and smelling it to ensure palatability and flavor conformity.
- Monitor employee and patron activities to ensure liquor regulations are obeyed.
What a Food Service Manager Should Know
Below is a list of the skills most Food Service Managers say are important on the job.
Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.
Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Types of Food Service Manager
- Food Service Supervisor
- Cafe Operator
- Flight Kitchen Manager
- Deli Manager
Job Demand for Food Service Managers
In 2016, there was an estimated number of 308,700 jobs in the United States for Food Service Manager. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 27,700 new jobs for Food Service Manager by 2026. The BLS estimates 36,800 yearly job openings in this field.
The states with the most job growth for Food Service Manager are Utah, Washington, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
How Much Does a Food Service Manager Make?
The average yearly salary of a Food Service Manager ranges between $31,580 and $92,410.
Food Service Managers who work in New Jersey, New York, or Washington, make the highest salaries.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Food Service Managers in different U.S. states.
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$70,980|
Tools & Technologies Used by Food Service Managers
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Food Service Managers:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Outlook
- Word processing software
- Microsoft Project
- Database software
- Microsoft Dynamics
- Google Docs
- Intuit QuickBooks
- Google Drive
- Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
- Delphi Technology
- IBM Domino
- Oracle Taleo
- Apache Groovy
- Inventory management software
- ValuSoft MasterCook
Becoming a Food Service Manager
Learn what Food Service Manager education requirements there are.
How many years of work experience do I need?
Who Employs Food Service Managers?
Food Service Managers work in the following industries:
Those thinking about becoming a Food Service Manager might also be interested in the following careers:
Career changers with experience as a Food Service Manager sometimes find work in one of the following fields:
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