Assistant banquet managers help with the details of a banquet, including decorations, layout, cleanliness, and service management. Experience in the industry can be as important as a degree for gaining employment in this field.
Assistant banquet managers work in restaurants, country clubs, hotels, universities, convention centers, and catering companies. Workers in these supervisory positions must be knowledgeable of food preparation, customer service and managing workers and servers. While many assistant banquet managers gain their position after acquiring experience in the industry, it is becoming more common for employers to hire those who have completed certificates, diplomas, associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees in hospitality, restaurant management or related fields.
|Required Education||Certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree in hospitality, restaurant management or relevant field becoming more common|
|Other Requirements||Industry experience|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||5% for all food service managers*|
|Median Salary (2015)||$48,690 for all food service managers*|
Sources: * U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Assistant banquet managers are tasked with helping banquet managers operate food service facilities. The duties of assistant banquet managers may vary depending on the needs of the banquet manager and the type of event taking place.
Some of the tasks an assistant banquet manager could be required to perform include supervising personnel, assigning tasks to kitchen or service workers, ensuring kitchens and dining facilities are clean and properly decorated, purchasing equipment, ordering supplies or food ingredients, and coordinating service details. Assistant banquet managers can also be in charge of helping with hiring and training employees, performing administrative functions, and preparing employee work schedules.
Assistant banquet managers are categorized by the BLS as food service managers (www.bls.gov). Professionals in this category earned a median salary of $48,690 per year in 2015. Median hourly wages in 2015 were reported by the BLS to be $23.41.
While it is becoming more common for employers to require assistant banquet managers to have degrees, many of these supervisors have reached the position based on skills, abilities, and previous experience in the food service industry. Skills such as problem-solving, attention to detail and critical thinking, along with leadership and communication abilities are key characteristics for assistant banquet managers.
Many colleges and universities have restaurant and hospitality management programs that enhance managerial skills. Associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degrees are available at many of these schools. Subjects in these programs may include accounting, nutrition, computer science, business law, sanitation, and food preparation. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) offers Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) certifications that can enhance opportunities in assistant banquet management.
Aspiring assistant banquet managers can earn a degree or diploma in hospitality management or other related field, but can also find employment with work experience. They work across multiple industries, including entertainment, hospitality, tourism, and education, and need management skills and an eye for detail. Certification is available in this field, and all food service managers earned a median salary of about $49,000 in 2015.