Caterers plan, coordinate, and supervise food service at parties and at other social functions. Working with their clients, they purchase appropriate supplies, plan menus, supervise food preparation, direct serving of food and refreshments, and ensure the overall smooth functioning of the event. As entrepreneurs, they are also responsible for budgeting, bookkeeping, and other administrative tasks.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Catering Executives, Directors of Catering
Duties Organize, coordinate, and supervise food service at parties and other social functions
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Previous work as a cook or catering manager
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Banquet Coordinator/Planner or Industrial Food Operations Manager
  • Caterer
  • Manager for a Large Catering Firm
  • Caterer Helper or Cook

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