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RESTAURANT MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: You Have To Work Your Way Up

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Nathaniel, a restaurant manager and restaurant expeditor, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. You need many years of experience to get to where he is in the restaurant hierarchy, and for Nathaniel that meant lots of manual labor and hands-on learning, but if this is the industry you want to work in it is worth it.

Job Title: Restaurant Manager

Job Summary: Accountants and Auditors

Job Description

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.

On-the-Job Training

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills
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m='23890'>made</span> <span m='24230'>to</span> <span m='24360'>get</span> <span m='24600'>where</span> <span m='24750'>I</span> <span m='24800'>am</span> <span m='25020'>today</span> <span m='25540'>is</span> <span m='28600'>for</span> <span m='28730'>me</span> <span m='28990'>personally,</span> <span m='29570'>a</span> <span m='29700'>lot</span> <span m='29950'>of</span> <span m='30060'>hard</span> <span m='31160'>manual</span> <span m='31520'>labor,</span> <span m='32330'>a</span> <span m='32420'>lot</span> <span m='32619'>of</span> <span m='32710'>learning,</span> <span m='33670'>and</span> <span m='33800'>just</span> <span m='34120'>watching</span> <span m='35030'>as</span> <span m='35220'>well</span> <span m='35430'>as</span> <span m='35530'>having</span> <span m='35770'>hands-on</span> <span m='36050'>learning.</span> </p><p><span m='36720'>In</span> <span m='37210'>the</span> <span m='37350'>career</span> <span m='37610'>I'm</span> <span m='37650'>in,</span> <span m='37840'>you</span> <span m='37950'>definitely</span> <span m='38320'>have</span> <span m='38500'>to</span> <span m='38570'>have</span> <span m='38740'>several</span> <span m='39050'>years</span> <span m='39400'>of</span> <span m='40900'>experience.</span> <span m='41670'>And</span> <span m='42450'>the</span> <span m='42640'>only</span> <span m='42830'>way</span> <span m='42990'>you</span> <span m='43060'>can</span> <span m='43200'>usually</span> <span m='43540'>do</span> <span m='43710'>that</span> <span m='43930'>is</span> <span m='44160'>by</span> <span m='44690'>starting</span> <span m='45180'>from</span> <span m='45710'>either</span> <span m='46080'>a</span> <span m='46130'>server</span> <span m='46740'>or</span> <span m='47000'>somewhere</span> <span m='47770'>lower</span> <span m='48130'>in</span> <span m='48540'>the</span> <span m='50060'>restaurant.</span> </p><p><span m='50610'>My</span> <span m='50890'>work-life</span> <span m='51730'>balance</span> <span m='52410'>in</span> <span m='52620'>this</span> <span m='52820'>career</span> <span m='54350'>is</span> <span m='58250'>compensated</span> <span m='58980'>by</span> <span m='59270'>a</span> <span m='59350'>lot</span> <span m='59570'>of</span> <span m='59680'>outdoors</span> <span m='60190'>time</span> <span m='61290'>in</span> <span m='61470'>my</span> <span m='61630'>life</span> <span m='62020'>as</span> <span m='62220'>well</span> <span m='62480'>as</span> <span m='62780'>spending</span> <span m='63580'>a</span> <span m='63660'>lot</span> <span m='63820'>of</span> <span m='63880'>time</span> <span m='64129'>inside</span> <span m='64480'>the</span> <span m='64550'>restaurant</span> <span m='64920'>when</span> <span m='65069'>I'm</span> <span m='65200'>at</span> <span m='65310'>work.</span> <span m='65620'>So</span> <span m='66400'>definitely</span> <span m='67630'>I</span> <span m='67740'>spend</span> <span m='67960'>a</span> <span m='68010'>lot</span> <span m='68170'>of</span> <span m='68240'>time</span> <span m='68490'>outdoors</span> <span m='69210'>in</span> <span m='69330'>my</span> <span m='69430'>personal</span> <span m='69810'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='70470'>The</span> <span m='70820'>hours--</span> <span m='71400'>generally,</span> <span m='71860'>working</span> <span m='72270'>with</span> <span m='73520'>being</span> <span m='73830'>tipped</span> <span m='74240'>as</span> <span m='74390'>well</span> <span m='74640'>as</span> <span m='74790'>an</span> <span m='74910'>hourly</span> <span m='75250'>wage,</span> <span m='75760'>you</span> <span m='75950'>can</span> <span m='76100'>usually</span> <span m='76410'>work</span> <span m='76640'>a</span> <span m='76940'>fairly</span> <span m='77310'>low</span> <span m='77460'>amount</span> <span m='77690'>of</span> <span m='77770'>hours</span> <span m='78030'>and</span> <span m='78110'>have</span> <span m='78700'>a</span> <span m='78800'>lot</span> <span m='78960'>of</span> <span m='79030'>time</span> <span 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