Restaurant management is the profession of managing a restaurant. Associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs are offered in restaurant management by community colleges, junior colleges, and some universities in the United States.
Although a bachelorís degree is not required, some postsecondary education is increasingly preferred for many manager positions, especially at upscale restaurants and hotels. Some food service companies and national or regional restaurant chains recruit management trainees from college hospitality or food service management programs, which require internships and real-life experience to graduate. Many colleges and universities offer bachelorís degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management or institutional food service management. In addition, numerous community and junior colleges, technical institutes, and other institutions offer programs in the field leading to an associateís degree. Some culinary schools offer programs in restaurant management with courses designed for those who want to start and run their own restaurant.
Food service managers typically work in restaurants, including fine-dining and fast-food chains and franchises. Others work in hotels, catering, and other establishments, such as cafeterias in schools, hospitals, factories, or offices. Many food service managers work long hours, and the job is often hectic. Dealing with unhappy customers can sometimes be stressful.