Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has three culinary schools within its city limits. Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology, the highest ranked school in the city with a culinary program, has a total student population of 183. It is the 2561st highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Culinary students from Columbia 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.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary.
Of the 3 culinary schools in Columbia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails comes out as the most expensive ($24,732/yr) for culinary students, with Harley's Beauty and Barber Career Institute as the lowest, reported at only $13,608/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|