Restaurant and Food Service Managers

(NOC 0631)

in All Management

Restaurant and food service managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of restaurants, bars, cafeterias and other food and beverage services. They work for food and beverage service companies, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 525 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate 2445 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 5900 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Restaurant and Food Service Managers most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

A large number of food establishments throughout the province have been negatively impacted as a result of public health restrictions during the pandemic. Though industry growth has typically been stronger in Halifax due to stronger population growth, turnover and retirements will also continue to drive demand for this occupation.

Hourly Pay

$13.60

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$27.47

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,075

Minimum

$28,288

Median

$59,059

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$22.50

Minimum

$43.80

Median

$66.20

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Restaurant and food service managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of restaurants, bars, cafeterias and other food and beverage services. They work for food and beverage service companies, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Restaurant and food service managers:

  • Manage a restaurant, bar, cafeteria or other food or beverage service.
  • Determine type of services to be offered and implement procedures.
  • Recruit staff and oversee staff training.
  • Set staff work schedules and monitor staff performance.
  • Control inventory, monitor revenues, and modify procedures and prices.
  • Settle customer complaints and ensure health and safety regulations are followed.
  • Negotiate agreements with suppliers for food and other supplies.
  • Negotiate agreements with clients for catering or use of facilities for banquets or receptions.

Sample job titles

  • bar manager
  • cafeteria manager
  • catering service manager
  • dining room manager
  • food services manager
  • restaurant assistant manager
  • restaurant manager

Skills

  • You need good organizational and managerial skills. An ability to work under pressure is important. You must be decisive. You need to work well with others. Effective spoken and written communication skills are important.

Job requirements

  • A college or other program related to hospitality or food and beverage service management is usually required.
  • Responsible beverage service certification is usually needed for managers of businesses serving alcoholic beverages.

Other considerations

  • There are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment in this group. About one-third of people in this occupation are self-employed. Several years of experience in the food service sector, including supervisor experience, are needed. Movement to senior management in food service is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

3,295

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

27.8%

self employed

56.3%
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43.7%
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44.9

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

51.5%

Halifax

$30,819 median annual income
18.2%

North Shore

$27,562 median annual income
10.5%

Annapolis Valley

$23,592 median annual income
10.0%

Cape Breton

$26,682 median annual income
9.7%

Southern

$23,639 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

94.0%

Accommodation and food services

2.8%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

0.8%

Retail trade

0.7%

Educational services

0.3%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

45-54

25.0%

35-44

20.0%

25-34

17.0%

55-64

5.0%

15-24

5.0%

65+

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

37.3%

High school

$28,824 median annual income
20.3%

College Diploma

$26,109 median annual income
17.8%

Bachelor

$28,541 median annual income
11.5%

Less than high school

$27,499 median annual income
7.4%

Trade Certification

$29,099 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Hospitality Administration/Management

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to serve as general managers and directors of hospitality operations on a system-wide basis, including both travel arrangements and promotion and the provision of traveller facilities. These include courses in principles of operations in the travel and tourism, hotel and lodging facilities, food services, and recreation facilities industries, hospitality marketing strategies, hospitality planning, management and coordination of franchise and unit operations, business management, accounting and financial management, hospitality transportation and logistics, and hospitality industry policies and regulations.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Human Nutrition

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the relationships between food consumption and human development and health. They include courses in the cellular and molecular processes of food processing in the human body, related metabolic processes, the relationship of food and nutrition to disease, and nutritional needs across the lifespan.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre
Various, NS
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.