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.

Quick Facts
Duties Organize, coordinate, and supervise food service at parties and other social functions
Alternate Title(s) Catering Executives, Directors of Catering
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Previous work as a cook or catering manager
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
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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