Melbourne, FL (population: 77,650) has six pastry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lake Technical Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a pastry program, has a total student population of 587. It is the 2824th highest ranked school in the USA and the 138th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Pastry students from Melbourne schools who go on to become culinary artists, bakers, chefs, pastry chefs, 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.
Melbourne lies in Brevard county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville area has 195,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,530 average annual salary.
Of the 6 pastry schools with a 100-mile radius of Melbourne, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Orlando Culinary Academy comes out as the most expensive ($52,209/yr) for pastry students, with Technical Education Center-Osceola as the lowest, reported at only $2,352/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Melbourne|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||54.4 miles|
|Port Saint Lucie||FL||163,859||0||-||0||60.1 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||60.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||76.3 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||78.7 miles|
|West Palm Beach||FL||99,706||6||33.5336||149||99.1 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||99.9 miles|