Caterers


Overview

Caterers

Introduction

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


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Median Salary

$54,210

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Previous work as a cook or catering manager


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Earnings vary widely, depending on the size and location of the catering operation and the skill and motivation of the individual entrepreneur. Many caterers charge according to the number of guests attending a function. Generally, the larger the event, the larger the profit. Earnings are also influenced by whether a caterer works full time or only part time. Even very successful caterers often...

Work Environment

A caterer often works long hours planning and preparing for an event, and the day of the event might easily be a 14-hour workday, from setup to cleanup. Caterers often spend long hours on their feet, and although the work can be physically and mentally demanding, they usually enjoy a great deal of work flexibility. As entrepreneurs, they can usually take time off when necessary. Caterers often ...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment opportunities in food service management will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028. Opportunities are generally good for individuals who handle special events, such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other festive occasions less affected by downswings in the economy. 

Competition is keen as many hotel...

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