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Food and Nutrition Manager

Food and nutrition managers provide nutrition care and supervise food service operations in health care settings and commercial food service establishments.

  • Avg. Salary $31,443.00
  • Avg. Wage $17.26
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 10,600
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Dietary Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Food Service Supervisors (6212) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Food Service Supervisors (G012) 
  • 2011 NOC: Food service supervisors (6311) 
  • 2016 NOC: Food service supervisors (6311) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Food and Nutrition Manager is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Food Service Supervisors

Interest in co-ordinating information to establish methods to meet work schedules and maintain records of stock, repairs, sales and wastage; and in ensuring that food and service meet quality control standards; may plan cafeteria menus and determine related food and labour costs


Interest in supervising and checking assembly of regular and special diet trays, and delivery of food trolleys to hospital patients; may participate in the selection of food service staff and assist in the development of policies, procedures and budgets


Interest in training staff in job duties and sanitation and safety procedures

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated May 17, 2021

Duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, food and nutrition managers:

  • Supervise food preparation and service operations (for more information, see the Food Service Supervisor occupational profile)
  • Coordinate and plan food service department operations by setting department goals, policies and procedures
  • Troubleshoot day-to-day operational issues for the frontline staff to ensure an outstanding service environment is provided to clients
  • Monitor, maintain and improve quality standards through audits, surveys, checks and inspections
  • Maintain safety and sanitation standards
  • Establish, monitor and evaluate customer service plans
  • Purchase food, equipment and supplies to established specifications, and ensure proper receiving and storage
  • Implement budgets and control costs
  • Market food services within their organizations or to the public in general
  • Hire, train and direct the work of food service personnel
  • Keep records of customer information

Food and nutrition managers work as part of a team with representatives of other departments in their organizations. They may work under the direction of dietitians to recommend ways to improve clients' food intake based on client needs and established guidelines. They may also adapt client menus for special nutrient needs or restrictions. For more information, see the Dietitian occupational profile.

Working Conditions
Updated May 17, 2021

Food and nutrition managers may work rotating shifts that include weekends and holidays. They spend long periods of time standing while supervising food production and service in warm, sometimes noisy kitchens. They may need to lift up to 10 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated May 17, 2021

Food and nutrition managers need:

  • An interest in food and its composition, preparation and service
  • An interest in helping people make healthy choices
  • Organizational and leadership abilities
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work in a team environment
  • The ability to adapt in an atmosphere of constant change
  • The ability to put clients at ease and instill confidence

They should enjoy directing the work of others and compiling information.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Food service supervisors
NOC code: 6311

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Sep 26, 2021 and Sep 27, 2021.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Supervise and co-ordinate activities of staff who prepare and portion food
Maintain records of stock, repairs, sales and wastage
Ensure food service and quality control
Estimate and order ingredients and supplies
Prepare and submit reports
Train staff in job duties, sanitation and safety procedures
Establish methods to meet work schedules
Address customers' complaints or concerns
Establish work schedules
Personal Suitability: Team player
Educational Requirements
Updated May 17, 2021

Food and nutrition managers need computer skills and related post-secondary education. 2 to 3 years of experience in the food service or hospitality environment is preferred.

CHA Learning offers a 6-course program in Food Service and Nutrition Management. The entrance requirements include:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent education
  • English Language proficiency
  • communication and computer skills

For more information, visit the HealthCareCAN website.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Badlands Community College

Simon Fraser University

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 17, 2021

Certification is voluntary in this occupation.

However, graduates of accredited programs are eligible for membership in the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. CSNM offers a certification program in nutrition management.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 17, 2021

Food and nutrition managers are employed by organizations that sell food or food products, have food service outlets or provide nutritional services to clients. For example, they may work for:

  • Restaurants or hotels
  • Catering companies
  • Cafeterias in large organizations
  • Schools
  • Correctional institutions
  • Hospitals or community health centres
  • Continuing care centres or nursing homes
  • Food wholesale companies or foodservice equipment companies
  • Grocery stores
  • Food processing companies

Food and nutrition managers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6311: Food service supervisors. In Alberta, 87% of people employed in this classification work in the Accommodation and Food Services [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Accommodation and Food Services industry)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 6311: Food service supervisors occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.2% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 230 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated May 17, 2021
Food service supervisors

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Average Salary
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $20.00 $16.38 $16.00
Overall $15.60 $22.00 $17.26 $16.50
Top $16.00 $25.00 $18.59 $17.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation
Accommodation & Food Services
Educational Services

Skills Shortage

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Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Human Ecology, Fashion and Food Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 17, 2021

Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals website:

Canadian Society of Nutrition Management website:

HealthCareCAN website:

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Updated May 17, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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