Ithaca, NY has eighteen culinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rochester Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a culinary program, has a total student population of 15,445. It is the 137th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Culinary students from Ithaca 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.
Ithaca lies in Tompkins county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Ithaca area has 50,190 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5.4% unemployment rate, $21.50/hr average worker wage, and a $44,720 average annual salary.
Of the 18 culinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Ithaca, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Empire Beauty School-Williamsport comes out as the most expensive ($26,616/yr) for culinary students, with Luzerne County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,635/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ithaca|
|Painted Post||NY||-||1||33.1704||2||36.0 miles|
|Wilkes Barre||PA||-||4||40.1855||76||88.8 miles|