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Career and Education Opportunities for Food and Beverage Supervisors in Seattle, Washington

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for food and beverage supervisors in the Seattle, Washington area. There are currently 14,580 working food and beverage supervisors in Washington; this should grow by 15% to 16,780 working food and beverage supervisors in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for food and beverage supervisors are expected to grow by about 6.6%. Food and beverage supervisors generally supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

Food and beverage supervisors earn about $17 per hour or $35,350 annually on average in Washington and about $13 hourly or $28,970 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for food and beverage supervisors are better than in the overall category of Cooking in Washington, and better than the overall Cooking category nationally. Food and beverage supervisors work in a variety of jobs, including: steward/stewardess, food production supervisor, and kitchen work supervisor.

There are sixty-five schools of higher education in the Seattle area, including two within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree to start your career as a food and beverage supervisor. Given that the most common education level for food and beverage supervisors is a high school diploma or GED, it will take only a short time to learn 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 Seattle 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.
  • Fast Food Cook. Prepare and cook food in fast food restaurants with limited menus. Duties of the cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
  • 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.
  • Short Order Cook. Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Food and Beverage Supervisor Training

Seattle Community College-South Campus - Seattle, WA

Seattle Community College-South Campus, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106-1499. Seattle Community College-South Campus is a medium sized college located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 5,319 students. Seattle Community College-South Campus has a two to four year program in Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager which graduated five students in 2008.

Clover Park Technical College - Lakewood, WA

Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-4004. Clover Park Technical College is a medium sized college located in Lakewood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,781 students. Clover Park Technical College has a less than one year program in Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager which graduated one student 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: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.