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Top 10 industry preferences for the MBA class of 2012

Second-year MBA student registration is closed for most of our partner programs, and today, more than 10,000 graduating MBA students from 60+ of the world's top-ranked graduate business schools have uploaded their resumes and created career profiles with MBA Focus. This year's graduating class of MBA2s are the future business leaders of the world. They will be CEOs, CFOs, executive managers, directors, and VPs of huge Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up entrepreneurial businesses. But what types of industries are they interested in? As expected, nearly 1/4 of the MBA2 population is interested in financial companies. And more than 16% are interested in consulting. But the next three might surprise you.

Here are the top ten most preferred industries according to the class of 2012 MBA student career profiles in our database:

Wondering which industries didn't make the top ten? Or where the nonprofits landed on the list? Here is a summary of all of their industry preferences:

  • 1. Financial  -  24.5%
  • 2. Consulting  -  16.6%
  • 3. Tech  -  9.2%
  • 4. Consumer Products  -  9.0%
  • 5. Energy / Utilities  -  5.5%
  • 6. Healthcare  -  3.9%
  • 7. Entertainment   -  3.5%
  • 8. Advertising  -  2.5%
  • 9. Media  -  2.2%
  • 10. Real Estate  -  2.2%
  • 11. Manufacturing  -  2.1%
  • 12. Government  -  1.7%
  • 13. Pharmaceutical  -  1.6%
  • 14. Nonprofits & Social Enterprises  -  1.6%
  • 15. Retail  -  1.5%
  • 16. Telecom  -  1.4%
  • 17. Transportation / Logistics  -  1.1%
  • 18. Hospitality / Tourism  -  1.1%
  • 19. Aerospace / Aviation / Defense  -  1.0%
  • 20. Natural Resources  -  1.0%
  • 21. Economic Development / Microfinance  -  0.9%
  • 22. International Trade - Import / Export  -  0.9%
  • 23. Education  -  0.8%
  • 24. Environmental Services & Sustainability  -  0.7%
  • 25. Automotive  -  0.6%
  • 26. Other  -  0.5%
  • 27. Agribusiness  -  0.5%
  • 28. Human Resources / Recruitment  -  0.5%
  • 29. Construction  -  0.4%
  • 30. Accounting  -  0.4%
  • 31. Engineering Services  -  0.3%
  • 32. Law / Legal Services  -  0.2%

To view the complete career profile/demographic information for these top-ranked MBA students and alumni: Request your complimentary MBA career profile demographics report today.

Author

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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