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Employment Outlook

Food and Beverage Manager

Food and Beverage Managers are in charge of every facet of organising functions around food and drink. They report to the Event Manager or Hotel Manager and are crucial in the creation and development of a broad range of food and beverage orientated events for both companies and individuals. Examples include festivals, conferences, ceremonies, formal parties and concerts.


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Employment Levels

Around 63,400 people are currently employed as Food and Beverage Managers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 72,200 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

36.9% of all Food and Beverage Managers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Food and Beverage Managers is NT, with only 0.8%.

Gender Split

This is an evenly split industry with 51.1% of Food and Beverage Managers being male and 48.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Food and Beverage Managers is 25-34 years old, with 25.1%. A small percentage (6.1%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Food and Beverage Managers, with 10.6% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Food and Beverage Managers work an average of 46.8 hours a week which is 5.9 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Food and Beverage Managers have a Year 12 qualification (26%) or are at a Years 11 & 10 level (16.4%). 52.9% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 47.1% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Food and Beverage Manager Duties & Tasks

  • Manage food and beverage provisions for functions and events
  • Supervise catering and waiting staff at functions and events
  • Recruit and train catering and waiting staff for company functions and events
  • Ensure health and safety regulations are adhered too
  • Manage payroll, monitor expenses and other administrative tasks

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*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.