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Career and Education Opportunities for Food and Beverage Supervisors in Columbia, Maryland

Columbia, Maryland provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for food and beverage supervisors. There are currently 15,080 working food and beverage supervisors in Maryland; this should grow 16% to 17,460 working food and beverage supervisors in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for food and beverage supervisors, which sees this job pool growing by about 6.6% over the next eight years. In general, food and beverage supervisors supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

The income of a food and beverage supervisor is about $16 hourly or $33,540 yearly on average in Maryland. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,970 yearly on average. Food and beverage supervisors earn more than people working in the category of Cooking generally in Maryland and more than people in the Cooking category nationally. Food and beverage supervisors work in a variety of jobs, including: captain, hotel or motel food service supervisor, and food concession manager.

There are 109 schools of higher education in the Columbia area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Columbia where you can get a degree to start your career as a food and beverage supervisor. The most common level of education for food and beverage supervisors is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a food and beverage supervisor if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Food and Beverage Supervisor

Food and Beverage Supervisor video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, food and beverage supervisors supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

Food and beverage supervisors train staff in food preparation, and in service, sanitation, and safety procedures. They also inspect supplies and work areas to insure efficient service and conformance to standards. Equally important, food and beverage supervisors have to resolve customer complaints regarding food service. They are often called upon to observe and evaluate staff and work procedures in order to insure quality standards and service. They are expected to assign duties and work stations to employees in accordance with work requirements. Finally, food and beverage supervisors recommend measures for improving work procedures and worker performance to increase service quality and enhance job safety.

Every day, food and beverage supervisors are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

It is important for food and beverage supervisors to compile and balance cash receipts at the end of the day or shift. They are often called upon to estimate ingredients and supplies required to ready a recipe. They also analyze operational problems, such as theft and wastage, and establish procedures to avoid these problems. They are sometimes expected to perform personnel actions such as hiring and firing staff, consulting with other managers as needed. Somewhat less frequently, food and beverage supervisors are also expected to estimate ingredients and supplies required to ready a recipe.

Food and beverage supervisors sometimes are asked to perform serving duties such as carving meat, preparing flambe dishes, or serving wine and liquor. They also have to be able to control inventories of food and liquor, and report shortages to designated personnel and design departmental objectives and strategies. And finally, they sometimes have to purchase or requisition supplies and equipment needed to insure quality and timely delivery of services.

Like many other jobs, food and beverage supervisors must be reliable and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Columbia include:

  • Chef. Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts. May participate in cooking.
  • Institutional Cook. Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
  • Personal Chef. Prepare meals in private homes.
  • Restaurant Chef. Prepare, season, and cook soups, meats, or other foodstuffs in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Food and Beverage Supervisor Training

Montgomery College - Rockville, MD

Montgomery College, 40 W. Gude Drive, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20850. Montgomery College is a large college located in Rockville, Maryland. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 24,452 students. Montgomery College has a one to two year program in Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager which graduated three students in 2008.

Anne Arundel Community College - Arnold, MD

Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pky, Arnold, MD 21012-1895. Anne Arundel Community College is a large college located in Arnold, Maryland. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,149 students. Anne Arundel Community College has 2 areas of study related to Food and Beverage Supervisor. They are:

  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager, one to two year which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management, one to two year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

Stratford University - Falls Church, VA

Stratford University, 7777 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2403. Stratford University is a small university located in Falls Church, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,644 students. Stratford University has an associate's degree program in Cooking and Related Culinary Arts which graduated fifty-nine students in 2008.

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale, VA

Northern Virginia Community College, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, VA 22003-3796. Northern Virginia Community College is a large college located in Annandale, Virginia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 41,870 students. Northern Virginia Community College has a one to two year program in Cooking and Related Culinary Arts which graduated five students in 2008.

Baltimore International College - Baltimore, MD

Baltimore International College, 17 Commerce Street, Commerce Exchange, Baltimore, MD 21202-3230. Baltimore International College is a small college located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 500 students. Baltimore International College has an associate's degree program in Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager which graduated four students in 2008.

Howard Community College - Columbia, MD

Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044-3197. Howard Community College is a medium sized college located in Columbia, Maryland. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,905 students. Howard Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager which graduated three and seven students respectively in 2008.

Morgan State University - Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251-0001. Morgan State University is a medium sized university located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 7,554 students and an admission rate of 34%. Morgan State University has a bachelor's degree program in Foodservice Systems Administration/Management which graduated seven students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Correctional Foodservice Professional: A key purpose of the Certified Correctional Foodservice Professional certification is to develop the highest standards in.

For more information, see the American Correctional Food Service Association website.

Certified Culinarian: An entry level culinarian professional within a commercial foodservice operation.

For more information, see the American Culinary Federation, Inc. website.

Preventing Disease Transmission: A two-hour training module for employers and employees who, while on the job, may be exposed to blood or other body fluids that could cause infection.

For more information, see the American Red Cross website.

Quality Coffee Certification Program: The purpose of QCCP is to provide operators with sales tools and knowledge that will help them begin or enhance their own quality coffee program for their customers.

For more information, see the National Automatic Merchandising Association website.

School Nutrition Specialist: The Credentialing Program of the School Nutrition Association was created to enhance the professional image of school nutrition professionals.

For more information, see the School Nutrition Association website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Columbia, Maryland

Columbia, Maryland
Columbia, Maryland photo by Jeff Kubina

Columbia is located in Howard County, Maryland. It has a population of over 96,421. The cost of living index in Columbia, 100, is near the national average.

The three most popular industries for women in Columbia are educational services, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, public administration, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 59.0% of Columbia residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 28.7%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Columbia residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 49.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Atholton Seventh Day Adventist Church and Long Reach Interfaith Center are all churches located in Columbia. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Columbia is home to the Symphony Woods Office Center and the Rivers Corporate Park as well as Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and Clarksville Environmental Area. Shopping centers in the area include Governor Century Plaza Shopping Center, Atholton Shopping Center and Owen Brown Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Columbia can choose from PFMG, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Inn Columbia for temporary stays in the area.