Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has two catering schools within its city limits. The Art Institute of Seattle, the highest ranked school in the city with a catering program, has a total student population of 2,282. It is the 2958th highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Catering students from Seattle 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 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 660 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $48,430. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $25,470/yr and there are 112,810 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 80.310 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.472/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 2 catering schools in Seattle, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Seattle comes out as the most expensive ($28,174/yr) for catering students, with Seattle Community College-South Campus as the lowest, reported at only $6,159/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|