Catonsville, MD (population: 43,590) has fourteen catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Jna Institute of Culinary Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 49. It is the 2360th highest ranked school in the USA and the 202nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Catering students from Catonsville 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 Baltimore-Towson area alone, there are 530 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $54,970. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $21,410/yr and there are 101,850 employed.
Catonsville lies in Baltimore county, which is one of the 16 counties in Maryland. Overall, the Baltimore-Towson area has 1,259,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $23.40/hr average worker wage, and a $48,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 80.892 out of every 1000 jobs in Catonsville are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.420/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 14 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Catonsville, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Philadelphia comes out as the most expensive ($31,780/yr) for catering students, with Delaware Technical and Community College-Stanton-Wilmington as the lowest, reported at only $4,849/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Catonsville|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||4.9 miles|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||11.2 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||21.7 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||24.2 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||24.7 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||25.4 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||27.6 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||34.9 miles|