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How to become a Restaurant Manager

Restaurant Management Salary

Restaurant and hospitality management can take you on a vast number of different career paths to a variety of fantastic work environment, from five-star restaurants and hotels to day spas, resorts and even special event planning. Create a dining experience that will keep customers coming back to pay dollar. Restaurant and hospitality managers are the operators or the dining experience, managing everything from the ambiance to the cuisine and personnel involved. The position requires a variety of skills from leadership to interpersonal to creative. If you have what it takes to run a fast paced dining establishment, a career in restaurant and hospitality management is a rewarding and exciting .

The job description for a restaurant manager runs the gauntlet between business savvy, culinary arts and personnel management. A restaurant manager is a leadership position keeping every cog in the wheels of the fast pace kitchen and dining machine moving smoothly. A management position includes the sourcing and hiring of personnel, from chefs to bus boys, waiters, bartenders, dishwashers, prep cooks and even marketing and advertising. The manager works closely with the head chef to create the menu and restaurant theme, along with a variety of other tasks, including:

  • Staff Scheduling, Training & Human Resources
  • Menu & Equipment Budgets & Purchasing
  • Customer Relations
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Compliance With Health Codes & Tax Regulations

Restaurant Management Skills

A restaurant manager will excel only with the right skills. Although many of these skills cannot be taught in any school or degree program, they can be cultivated. At the selected programs listed here in Nutritionist-World’s culinary arts section, we have sourced the culinary arts programs throughout North America that promote and cultivate the skills and experience needed to run the dining and hospitality establishments across the globe.

There are a number of skills that improve a restaurant manager’s ability to run an establishment at the highest level, but a select few are by far the most important. These skills include:

  • Social Skills: This job involves constant work with other people, from chefs to employees to product and food vendors, customers and management. Those able to provide service to customers as well as the cultivation of necessary relationships will find it much easier to succeed in this industry.
  • Organization: A restaurant, club, spa or hotel is a continuously moving organization with many integrative parts. A manager must have the organization skills to run the entire machine without losing sight of the important details along the way.
  • Leadership and Decision-Making Skills: Management is leadership position. Many times, managers must make difficult decisions that are not always the most popular. These decisions must be made for the good of the establishment, and leadership and a firm knowledge of the business can provide the strength to make the tough decisions.
  • Business Savvy: Hospitality is, after , a business. From budgets to marketing to operations, a restaurant manager must be able to see the big picture and steer the establishment in the right direction toward financial success.

Restaurant Management Salary & Career Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), restaurant, hotel and food service manager positions may continue to grow over the coming decade. As hospitality and food service is many times correlated with the economy, the position has seen a decline in job openings and compensation during 2008 and 2009. However, as the economy begins to pick up worldwide, this career is expected to pick up as well. As more people begin to eat out and travel again, demand for restaurant and hospitality managers will again increase as well.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

However, as many managers in the hospitality field tend to move positions quite often within the industry, opportunities for new entrants into the field will be better than the data show. Individuals who start their own restaurants, spas or other types of hospitality establishments may earn more.

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