Fairfax, VA has eight catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northern Virginia Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 46,619. It is the 4565th highest ranked school in the USA and the 88th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Catering students from Fairfax 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,600 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $55,640. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $23,420/yr and there are 170,800 employed.
Fairfax lies in Fairfax county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 74 out of every 1000 jobs in Fairfax are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 2/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 8 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Fairfax, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stratford University comes out as the most expensive ($27,887/yr) for catering students, with J Sargeant Reynolds Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,170/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fairfax|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||7.7 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||16.7 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||18.5 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||20.8 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||21.2 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||23.9 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||38.9 miles|