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Online Culinary Management Degrees

A culinary management program offers managers the business skills they need to lead a restaurant, catering, or other culinary business to success. Culinary managers oversee the daily operation of food service establishments, training staff, ordering supplies, planning routines, and making business decisions.

An associate degree offers a good introduction to hospitality and culinary management, but many employers prefer to hire candidates with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality or Culinary Management. A high school diploma is required for both degree programs.

The culinary management program provides a solid foundation in business fundamentals, with courses in accounting, budgeting, finance, marketing, and management. More advanced coursework focuses on a specific area of culinary management, such as Food and Beverage Management, Baking and Pastry Arts Management, Hospitality, and Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase in culinary management jobs through 2014. Opportunities for culinary managers will be strongest in restaurants and specialized catering services. Food service contractors are experiencing increasing demand from hotels, schools, and healthcare facilities.

The median annual salary for all food service managers was $39,610 in 2004. Culinary managers in the two high-demand sectors, restaurants and special food services, can expect a higher salary; the median in 2004 was around $41,490 and $43,530, respectively.

Culinary management degrees prepare business-minded individuals for a rewarding career in hospitality. Graduates are qualified to handle both behind-the-scenes logistics and customer service on the frontlines.

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