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Top 10 function preferences for the MBA class of 2013

Our last look at this year's MBA profiles focuses on the functional job preferences of first-year students. Interestingly, the class of 2013 interests are right in line with previous MBA classes.

In fact, the top 10 preferences for this year's MBA1s appear to be the same top 10 functions in which all MBAs are interested. Take a look:

  • 1. Finance
  • 2. Management
  • 3. Marketing
  • 4. Consulting
  • 5. Business Development
  • 6. Strategic Planning
  • 7. Tech
  • 8. Entrepreneurship
  • 9. Corporate Development
  • 10. Real Estate

Only one difference exists in the MBA1 vs. MBA2 comparison with this year's graduating MBA2s being slightly more interested in Accounting (2.33% of all MBA2s) than in Real Estate (2.25%). It's also worth noting that experienced MBA (EMBA) graduates are much more interested in Sales (top 12 with 1.45%) than current MBA students (top 19 with 0.61% of MBA1s and top 18 with 0.82% of MBA2s).

Here is the complete breakdown of job function preferences for this year's MBA1s:

  • 1. Finance 25.59%
  • 2. Management  19.51%
  • 3. Marketing 13.67%
  • 4. Consulting 8.17%
  • 5. Business Development 4.93%
  • 6. Strategic Planning 4.27%
  • 7. Tech 4.21%
  • 8. Entrepreneurship 2.98%
  • 9. Corporate Development 2.31%
  • 10. Real Estate 2.31%
  • 11. Accounting 1.96%
  • 12. Human Resources 1.35%
  • 13. Manufacturing  1.05%
  • 14. Economic Analysis / Research 0.90%
  • 15. Engineering 0.90%
  • 16. Corporate Social Responsibility 0.73%
  • 17. Health Care / Medical Professional  0.68%
  • 18. Other 0.66%
  • 19. Sales 0.61%
  • 20. Administration 0.55%
  • 21. Buyer / Merchandising 0.45%
  • 22. Fundraising / Development 0.45%
  • 23. Research & Development 0.44%
  • 24. Education (Administrator/ Faculty) 0.37%
  • 25. Journalist / Author / Writer / Editor 0.18%
  • 26. Purchasing 0.18%
  • 27. Lawyer / Legal Professional 0.17%
  • 28. Multimedia Production / Graphic Design 0.17%
  • 29. Legislative Aide / Lobbying / Advocate 0.15%
  • 30. Military 0.10%

To view the visualization on Wordle check out:

Wordle: MBA Class of 2013 Function Preferences (1st-year)

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Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt is the Vice President of Marketing and Research at GradLeaders. During his 10+ years at GradLeaders, the network has grown to have now helped over 600,000 employers and 26,500,000 students from more than 1,000 schools around the world. Ryan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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