Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has three catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Johnson & Wales University, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 10,709. It is the 2198th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Rhode Island (#1 is Brown University).
Catering students from Boston 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 1,870 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $53,020. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $26,370/yr and there are 129,580 employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 76.864 out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 1.112/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 3 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Boston, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Johnson & Wales University comes out as the most expensive ($24,402/yr) for catering students, with Salter College-West Boylston as the lowest, reported at only $21,136/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|