San Diego, CA (population: 1,309,749) has two catering schools within its city limits. The Art Institute of California-San Diego, the highest ranked school in the city with a catering program, has a total student population of 2,040. It is the 2270th highest ranked school in the USA and the 210th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Catering students from San Diego 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. In fact, in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area alone, there are 560 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $50,410. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $21,940/yr and there are 126,360 employed.
San Diego lies in San Diego county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area has 1,279,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,860 average annual salary. Thus, about 99 out of every 1000 jobs in San Diego are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 2 catering schools in San Diego, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California-San Diego comes out as the most expensive ($29,734/yr) for catering students, with San Diego Mesa College as the lowest, reported at only $8,010/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from San Diego|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||13.7 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||22.9 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||59.4 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||60.4 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||62.7 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||62.7 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||62.9 miles|
|Newport Beach||CA||80,777||1||0.80626||0||69.6 miles|
|Costa Mesa||CA||113,091||7||22.8122||265||74.3 miles|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||77.3 miles|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||77.9 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||80.8 miles|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||82.2 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||83.1 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||87.6 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||89.8 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||91.0 miles|