Food Service Supervisors

(NOC 6311)

in All Sales and Service

Food service supervisors, supervise, direct and coordinate the activities of workers who prepare, portion and serve food. They are employed by hospitals and other health care establishments and by cafeterias, catering companies and other food service establishments.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 105 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 5260 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other 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 moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Food Service Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 54% of Food Service Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $23,993. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$12.75

Median

$16.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,667

Minimum

$20,562

Median

$34,294

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$10.70

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$21.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Food service supervisors, supervise, direct and coordinate the activities of workers who prepare, portion and serve food. They are employed by hospitals and other health care establishments and by cafeterias, catering companies and other food service establishments.

Job duties

Food service supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, coordinate, and schedule the activities of staff that prepare, portion and serve food.
  • Estimate and order ingredients and supplies required for meal preparation.
  • Prepare food order summaries for chef according to requests from dieticians, patients in hospitals or other customers.
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules.
  • Maintain records of stock, repairs, sales and wastage.
  • Train staff in job duties, and sanitation and safety procedures.
  • Supervise and check assembly of regular and special diet trays and delivery of food trolleys to hospital patients.
  • Ensure that food and service meet quality control standards.
  • May participate in the selection of food service staff and assist in the development of policies, procedures and budgets.
  • May plan cafeteria menus and determine related food and labour costs.

Sample job titles

  • cafeteria supervisor
  • catering supervisor
  • food service supervisor
  • hospital food service supervisor
  • shift manager, fast food restaurant
  • unit supervisor - food services

Skills

Supervisory, organizational, leadership, and effective communications skills are essential. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations. As supervisor, you will be required to resolve problems and address the concerns of unhappy customers. Services, product lines and sales methods may change frequently. You must be prepared to keep informed and adapt to change.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Completion of a community college program in food service administration, hotel and restaurant management or related discipline or several years of experience in food preparation or service are required.

Other considerations

Employment opportunities are likely to be affected by economic conditions in the area, rising as the economy improves and falling when it declines. People in these jobs should be prepared to keep up with changes in product lines and sales methods. Annual incomes will depend upon many factors, including the product being sold, industry, location, qualifications, and the number of staff being supervised.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,165

employed in 2016

80.2%

employed full-time

0.9%

self employed

78.1%
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21.9%
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30.4

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

6.2%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.7%

Halifax

16.2%

Northern

15.8%

Cape Breton

15.1%

Annapolis Valley

7.2%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

89.3%

Accommodation and Food Services

6.4%

Health Care and Social Assistance

1.3%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

1.3%

Retail Trade

0.9%

Information, Culture & Recreation

What is the age of Employment?

25.9%

25-34

23.5%

35-44

20.4%

15-24

17.9%

45-54

11.1%

55-64

1.2%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

55-64

Top levels of education

48.5%

High school

$22,840 median annual income
16.7%

College certificate or diploma

$26,964 median annual income
15.2%

Bachelor's degree

$30,939 median annual income
13.6%

Less than high school

$22,719 median annual income
3.0%

Trades certificate

$37,207 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

40.4%

High school

$12,982 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$19,514 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$9,486 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$20,807 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$18,797 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Hotel, motel, and restaurant management

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any instructional program that prepares individuals to manage operations and facilities that provide food and/or lodging services to the traveling public. These programs include courses in hospitality industry principles; supplies purchasing, storage, and control; hotel and restaurant facilities design and planning; hospitality industry law; personnel management and labour relations; financial management; facilities management; marketing and sale promotion strategies; convention and event management; front desk operations; and applications to specific types of hotel, motel, and/or restaurant operations.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
2830 Agricola Street Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3K 4E4
Tel: (800) 665-3463
Fax: (902) 429-0659
Canadian Society of Nutrition Management
1370 Don Mills Road, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M3B 3N7
Tel: (866) 355-2766
Fax: (416) 441-0591

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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