Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has ninety-seven catering schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Poplar Bluff School District Practical Nurse Program, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 70. It is the 766th highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Catering students from Nashville 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 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are 190 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $47,830. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $19,820/yr and there are 63,260 employed.
Nashville lies in Davidson county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 87.887 out of every 1000 jobs in Nashville are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.264/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 97 catering schools with a 500-mile radius of Nashville, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division comes out as the most expensive ($31,682/yr) for catering students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|