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There were about 465,000 food service management jobs in the year 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor. Most of these positions are salaried. One third of the managers were self-employed, running their own restaurants. Restaurants and food service companies working under contract to office buildings, hospitals, and the like provided the bulk of food service management positions, while direct employment in the kitchens of educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, and others count for the remainder. College graduates or graduates from technical career training may expected to have better opportunities for being hired than non-graduates.

Most new job position may create in restaurants and other eating and drinking places, as more Americans choose to cook at home less, and eat out more. As institutions, such as schools and hospitals, contract out their food service needs, new management positions will be created within the food service industry.

As the restaurant industry becomes consolidated around national chains, job opportunities may increase for salaried managers at chain restaurants, with fewer self employed restaurant owners.

Restaurant and Food Service Managers Earnings Outlook

According to BLS, the median annual earnings of food service managers were $48,130 in 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $38,000 and $61,970. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,410.

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