The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Caterer's coordinate the food service activities of a hotel, restaurant, country club, resort, etc. for social and business meetings or parties. They plan the menus and estimate costs for food, beverages, entertainment and supplies. They manage all services of a catered event.|
|Duties:||They confer with clients who are requesting a catered social or business event such as a wedding, party, business conference or dinner. Provide cost estimates for food, beverage and supplies.
They plan the food and beverage menus, and organize and hire staff persons for meal preparation, bar service, entertainment, and setup. Arrange for audio-visual and lighting equipment.
For outdoor tent-covered affairs, they arrange for platforms, tenting, tables and seating facilities. Manage deliveries and set up of portable kitchen equipment and beverage and bar counters.
They provide for the preparation of special foods and desserts such as wedding cakes. Manage all operations and confer with clients during the catered event to assure satisfaction.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of catering administrators is expected to grow more slowly than average through 2018. Growth will occur as consumers continue to demand more dining options and prefer that others do the food preparation for them.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$27,000 to $30,000|
|Education Level:||The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An increasing number of catering administrators obtain their training through a certificate or associate degree program in a two-year college, technical, or culinary arts institute. Certificate programs range from six to twelve months with courses in catering administration, culinary arts, business management and practical work experience.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.