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Restaurant/Food Services Management

635 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1 Master's Degrees Annually
#46 in Popularity
$58,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Restaurant/Food Services Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many restaurant/food services management graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 490
Basic Certificate 240
Associate Degree 132
Undergraduate Certificate 126
Graduate Certificate 28
Master’s Degree 15

What Restaurant/Food Services Management Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, restaurant/food services management majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Restaurant/Food Services Management Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Restaurant/Food Services Management Majors

A major in restaurant/food services management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Restaurant/Food Services Management Majors

Restaurant/Food Services Management majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Restaurant/Food Services Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with restaurant/food services management:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Lodging Managers 4.0% $53,390

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant/Food Services Management?

490 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
65% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 65% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of restaurant/food services management majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 52
Hispanic or Latino 56
White 301
International Students 23
Other Races/Ethnicities 34

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Restaurant/Food Services Management. About 4.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Restaurant/Food Services Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,960 to $62,270 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to restaurant/food services management. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Restaurant/Food Services Management Major  ( 58960 to 62270 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with restaurant/food services management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for restaurant/food services management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 16.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 37.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.2%
Some College Courses 14.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 25.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.4%

Online Restaurant/Food Services Management Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 81 schools offered some type of restaurant/food services management program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 26 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 32 2
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Restaurant/Food Services Management Worth It?

The median salary for a restaurant/food services management grad is $58,960 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $381,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to restaurant/food services management.

Major Number of Grads
General Hospitality Administration/Management 10,363
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2,657
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,311
Meeting and Event Planning 977
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 779
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 391
Resort Management 298
Casino Management 18
Brewery/Brewpub Operations/Management 5

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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