Montgomery, AL (population: 200,848) has two catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia College-Birmingham, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 7,060. It is the 2492nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Catering students from Montgomery schools who go on to become caterers, professional caterers, food service managers, food service directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 11,218,260 people working as food preparation and serving related employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,880. Also, Meeting and convention planners make on average $48,060 per year and there are about 51,530 of them employed in the US today.
Montgomery lies in Montgomery county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Montgomery area has 163,040 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,330 average annual salary.
Of the 2 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Montgomery, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia College-Birmingham comes out as the most expensive ($21,586/yr) for catering students, with Columbus Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $8,491/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Montgomery|
|Alexander City||AL||-||1||11.6004||38||45.3 miles|
|Auburn University||AL||-||1||74.9047||131||49.5 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||75.2 miles|