Employment of food service managers is expected to decline 3 percent from 2010 to 2020, as the number of eating and drinking establishments opening is expected to decline from the previous decade. Despite these reductions, new employment opportunities for food service managers will emerge in grocery stores and other retail and recreation industries to meet the growing demand for quick food in a variety of settings.
Job opportunities for food service managers are expected to be highly competitive. Most openings will result from the need to replace managers who retire or transfer to other occupations.
Although practical experience is an integral part of becoming a food service manager, applicants with a degree in hospitality or restaurant or institutional food service management should have an edge when competing for jobs at upscale restaurants.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition