Prospective Student?
Apply here
Current Student?
Register here

If you are a current student interested in researching career opportunities contact the Office of Career Services

Search other Careers:

Search by Career

Occupation Info

Catering Administrator

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.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance 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.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
* For New York salary data information please click here
* 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 Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.