We surveyed 15,066 restaurant managers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical restaurant manager. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a restaurant manager?

Low

High

Working as a restaurant manager typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a restaurant manager?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a restaurant manager typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a restaurant manager?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a restaurant manager. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for restaurant managers.

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Do restaurant managers work full-time or part-time?

88% of restaurant managers work in full-time roles while 12% work part-time.

Is being a restaurant manager stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for restaurant managers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a restaurant manager?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for restaurant managers, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for restaurant managers?

Low

High

Restaurant managers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a restaurant manager require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Restaurant managers will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are restaurant managers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Restaurant managers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do restaurant managers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Restaurant managers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a restaurant manager physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a restaurant manager requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are restaurant managers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a restaurant manager changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a restaurant manager require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for restaurant managers, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good restaurant manager require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a restaurant manager.