What does a restaurant manager do? As a restaurant manager, your work will be much more than the typical 9-5 days. You have to make sure that everything behind the scenes is moving like a well-oiled machine, plus you also have to be certain customers are pleased enough with the food and service that they will be coming back. What YOU actually do will be dependent on different variables.

Restaurant Manager Job Description

In general, restaurant managers:

  • Oversee food preparation, portion size, and quality
  • Interview, hire, train, supervise and fire staff
  • Keep track of stock, ordering more supplies when necessary
  • Create staff work schedules
  • Complete payroll and tip division
  • Make certain of patron and staff satisfaction
  • Work with the chef to create a menu
  • Balance the budget
  • Head up the marketing and advertising

Becoming a Restaurant Manager: Requirements

Because there are so many tasks and responsibilities allocated to you, there is a certain amount of restaurant management school you’ll need to have in order to have a success career. You’ll find work in restaurants within hotels, casinos, resorts, or other types of places where food is served. To become a restaurant manager, you’ll:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Receive on the job training, starting as a bus-person and moving your way up, or
  • Go through a business program at a community college or trade school
  • Or you can choose to get a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or business
  • Possibly have to complete some on-the-job training, as well, depending on where you’re hired

Certifications, although voluntary, are recommended:

  • Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Foodservice Management Professional

Whichever program you choose to take it should be accredited by an organization such as The American National Standards Institute.

Restaurant Manager Salary & Employment Outlook

  • Salary – You’ll be working full time, minimally. There will be many times 40 hours will come and go and you’re still at work. But with power comes great responsibility, or so it is said. The median annual pay for restaurant managers was $55,230 in 2019. Once you’ve been in the career for awhile, your salary will grow. The top 10 percent of restaurant managers are making over $93,000 on average [BLS]. Not too bad!
  • Job Outlook – Employment of food service managers is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, and that’s slower than the average for all occupations [BLS]. The more experience you have, combined with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, the better chance you have of scoring a high paying job.

Are you interested in learning more? Try this quick restaurant management practice test.

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