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

There are many career and education opportunities for food and beverage supervisors in the Vancouver, 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%. In general, food and beverage supervisors supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

Food and beverage supervisors earn approximately $17 hourly or $35,350 per year on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $13 hourly or $28,970 annually. Earnings for food and beverage supervisors are better than earnings in the general category of Cooking in Washington and better than general Cooking category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: kitchen steward/stewardess, food expeditor, and head cook.

The Vancouver area is home to forty-eight schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree 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, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become 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 Vancouver 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

Portland State University - Portland, OR

Portland State University, 724 SW Harrison, Portland, OR 97201. Portland State University is a large university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 25,959 students and an admission rate of 80%. Portland State University has a postbaccalaureate certificate program in Foodservice Systems Administration/Management which graduated twenty 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: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

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

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.