Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has three culinary schools within its city limits. Lyles College of Beauty, the highest ranked school in the city with a culinary program, has a total student population of 61. It is the 2678th highest ranked school in the USA and the 263rd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Culinary students from Fresno schools who go on to become culinary artists, bakers, chefs, cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 140,510 people working as bakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $25,350. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 of them employed in the US today.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary.
Of the 3 culinary schools in Fresno, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Manchester Beauty College comes out as the most expensive ($17,498/yr) for culinary students, with Fresno City College as the lowest, reported at only $6,031/yr.
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