Fredericksburg, VA has seven baking schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. L'Academie de Cuisine, the highest ranked school in this group with a baking program, has a total student population of 113. It is the 813th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Maryland (#1 is Johns Hopkins University).
Baking students from Fredericksburg 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 170,800 employed food preparation and serving related employees earning an average salary of $23,420. Bakers in this area earn $30,040/yr and there are 2,070 employed.
Fredericksburg lies in Fredericksburg county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Fredericksburg are held by bakers, and 74/1000 are held by food preparation and serving related employees.
Of the 7 baking schools with a 100-mile radius of Fredericksburg, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, L'Academie de Cuisine comes out as the most expensive ($45,996/yr) for baking students, with J Sargeant Reynolds Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,170/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fredericksburg|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||43.0 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||49.9 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||52.7 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||52.9 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||54.2 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||58.2 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||62.4 miles|