Arlington, TX (population: 385,024) has two catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kiamichi Technology Center-Durant, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 72. It is the 1403rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 25th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Catering students from Arlington 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 Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area alone, there are 300 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $43,390. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $19,830/yr and there are 73,600 employed.
Arlington lies in Tarrant county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area has 856,430 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.78/hr average worker wage, and a $41,140 average annual salary. Thus, about 85.933 out of every 1000 jobs in Arlington are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.353/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kiamichi Technology Center-Durant comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for catering students, with The Art Institute of Dallas as the lowest, reported at only $36,482/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Arlington|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||6.4 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||11.4 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||12.9 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||12.9 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||23.6 miles|