Tampa, FL (population: 351,091) has three baking schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a baking program, has a total student population of 540. It is the 2375th highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Baking students from Tampa schools who go on to become bakers, chefs, pastry chefs, pastry artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 140,510 people working as bakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $25,350. Also, Food preparation and serving related employees make on average $20,880 per year and there are about 11,218,260 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area alone, there are 97,860 employed food preparation and serving related employees earning an average salary of $20,660. Bakers in this area earn $23,760/yr and there are 660 employed.
Tampa lies in Hillsborough county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has 1,131,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Tampa are held by bakers, and 86/1000 are held by food preparation and serving related employees.
Of the 3 baking schools with a 100-mile radius of Tampa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Orlando Culinary Academy comes out as the most expensive ($52,209/yr) for baking students, with Valencia Community College as the lowest, reported at only $8,153/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tampa|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||15.7 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||16.9 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||24.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||29.4 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||65.4 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||70.8 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||82.4 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||89.8 miles|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||93.8 miles|
|Cape Coral||FL||161,428||1||26.0313||32||96.0 miles|
|Fort Myers||FL||68,373||7||23.467||192||99.8 miles|