Restaurant Manager Job Description

  • Restaurant manager jobsOn average, restaurant managers make around $50,000 per year
  • Restaurant managers often work more than 40 hours per week
  • Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in restaurant management

What do restaurant managers do?

In a well run restaurant you may never know that a restaurant manager ever exists. Most people never even see one until something goes wrong. Hair in your food? Poor service? Wrong order? Bet you'll be asking for the manager. But they're more than just complaint filters. Restaurant managers are responsible for every aspect of the hiring process for all of their employees including interviewing, hiring and training. When they're not attending to personnel needs, they're also responsible for food service and administrative duties.

Typically payroll, licensing, food ordering, inspections and all sorts of other paperwork are handled by restaurant managers. These tasks require extensive training and experience, because errors can be extremely expensive. Most restaurants employ a general manager and several assistant managers. Assistant restaurant managers are often responsible for either the "back of the house," which consists of chefs, cooks, dishwashers and other kitchen staff, or for the "front of the house," which includes hosts and hostesses, servers and sometimes bartenders. Assistant managers report to the general manager and help oversee the day-to-day activities in the restaurant to keep things running smoothly.

How much do restaurant managers make?

The average salary for all restaurant managers is about $49,420 per year. Experienced restaurant managers at higher end restaurants can earn up to $76,940 per year. It sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but keep in mind that almost all restaurant managers work way more than 40 hours per week, often including late nights and weekends. This isn't your average nine-to-fiver.

Education requirements

There are rarely any mandatory education requirements to become a restaurant manager. Many colleges and universities (over 1,000) offer bachelor's degrees in restaurant and hospitality management. If an associate's degree is more your speed, lots of technical institutes and community college have programs leading to a formal certification in restaurant management. The curriculum for both programs will usually include classes in business, computer science and accounting. Many companies, especially large chains, will offer paid and un-paid internships for those seeking careers in restaurant and hospitality management. If you don't have the formal education experience, no big deal. Many restaurant managers work their way up by starting on the front lines as servers or cooks and get promoted.

Career paths for restaurant managers

If you're looking to move up in the restaurant business, you're definitely going to need to be willing to relocate. Most restaurant mangers get promoted into positions in regional management in larger chains. Some also choose to open up their own restaurants or franchise from a large corporation.

The future of restaurant managers

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects a slow increase in restaurant manager positions over the 2008-2018 decade. This slow in growth is a direct result of a decline in the number of new restaurants. Most new opportunities will be from replacing current workers and a small number of new positions in full service restaurant locations.

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Paralegal Job Description

  • Paralegal job descriptionOn average, paralegals make around $22 per hour
  • Being certified will give you a leg-up in the job market
  • There will be tons of job opportunities for paralegals in the coming years

What do paralegals do?

While lawyers may get the face time on shows like "Law & Order," it's the paralegals doing all the work behind the scenes (literally and figuratively). Paralegals are responsible for assisting lawyers and legal teams for hearings, trials and other meetings by doing research, preparing arguments and gathering the appropriate documentation. If it sounds like a lot of work, that's because it is.

The majority of paralegals are employed by independent law firms, but they are found in many types of organizations including corporate legal and litigation teams, and government agencies. Depending on the type of agency you're employed with as a paralegal your duties will vary, but will likely include analysis of legal materials, maintaining reference files and records, and collecting materials for court proceedings and meetings.

How much do paralegals make?

The average salary for all paralegals is about $22 per hour. Paralegals with extensive experience, or those who work for profitable companies or large law firms, can expect to earn higher wages up to $35 per hour.

Education requirements

There are three main ways to become a paralegal: on-the-job training, community college (associates degree in paralegal studies), or for those who have a degree there is the option of a certificate in paralegal studies.

Many employers don't require certification, but it can be a great way to give yourself an edge in the job market. Certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) requires a combination of education, experience and a written two-day examination.

Career paths for paralegals

Promotions for paralegals are usually limited to additional responsibilities and supervisorial roles. Management opportunities usually only exist in government agencies and corporate legal departments.

The future of paralegals

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects huge growth in paralegal positions over the 2008-2018 decade. Paralegals are a great way to increase efficiency for law firms while reducing costs. Additionally, paralegals are continuing to expand their duties and are becoming more useful to the businesses they work for. All these things will continue to drive demand for paralegals and legal assistants.

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Line Cook Job Description

  • post a jobOn average, line cooks make around $14 per hour
  • Work hours will include late nights, early mornings, holidays and weekends
  • Having an associate's degree may give you the edge in your job search

What do line cooks do?

Liking to cook dinner for your friends and loved ones might be a good starting point, but it won't be enough if you want to make it as a line cook. Cooking the same dishes for strangers for a lengthy shift requires more than just a general "like" of the kitchen, you've got to love it.

Line cook job descriptionFor someone looking to get into the restaurant business, especially the "back of the house," a line cook job is a great stepping stone. Line cooks are usually responsible for prepping ingredients and assembling dishes according to restaurant recipes and specifications.

Kitchens can be hot, noisy and stressful places, so you'll need to be able to work efficiently and quickly to be successful as a line cook. It can be a dangerous job, with minor cuts, bruises and burns being a part of the daily (or nightly) routine.

How much do line cooks make?

The average salary for all line cooks is about $14 per hour. Experienced line cooks at high-end restaurants can earn up to $18.25 per hour. The awesome benefit of free meals is not included in your hourly wage. Many line cooks can eat for free during their shifts.

Education requirements to be a line cook?

More and more line cooks and chefs are required to have two and four year degrees. These culinary programs provide basic training on cooking techniques, health and safety procedures, and other various aspects of restaurant management. Most community colleges offer technical classes in culinary arts, with the potential for job placement after completion.

Career paths for line cooks

Career paths for line cooks are often determined by the size and type of restaurant. Some potential promotions in the kitchen include line supervisor, sous-chef, chef and executive chef. Many chefs decide to open their own restaurants or catering businesses. Many advancement opportunities involve moving to bigger or busier restaurants, which may require moving to larger cities.

The future of line cooks

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects a slower than average increase in line cook positions over the 2008-2018 decade. This slow growth will result in fierce competition for available positions, making education and experience important for success.

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