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Food Service Managers

Also called: Food and Beverage Manager, Food Service Director, Food Service Manager, Restaurant Manager

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What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep records required by government agencies regarding sanitation or food subsidies.
  • Investigate and resolve complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations.
  • Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.


  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Resource Management
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job
  • managing your time and the time of other people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Point of sale POS software
  • DataTeam Lunch Express
  • Food Service Solutions POSitive ID System
Analytical or scientific software
  • Aurora FoodPro
  • Culinary Software Services ChefTec
Inventory management software
  • Army Food Management Information System
  • Food Service Solutions FoodCo


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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