Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has seven culinary schools within its city limits. Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology LLC, the highest ranked school in the city with a culinary program, has a total student population of 216. It is the 1193rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Culinary students from Memphis 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.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary.
Of the 7 culinary schools in Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology LLC comes out as the most expensive ($16,524/yr) for culinary students, with Southern Institute of Cosmetology as the lowest, reported at only $4,230/yr.