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Top 10 industry preferences for the MBA class of 2013

The new class of MBA students are halfway through their first-year at b-school. By now, most of these 1st-year students have selected an industry preference, adding it to their developing MBA career profile.

The career profile process is mandatory at many of the world’s top-ranked MBA programs. MBA Focus powers the process, aggregating student profile information to help leading employers identify and attract their next business leaders. Students work with their school’s career service office to complete their profiles; taking advantage of other services including resume coaching and mock interviewing practice.

The data in these profiles offer enlightening trends on the MBA landscape and useful insight into what types of jobs the newest class of MBAs want to pursue.

This year's class of new MBAs is very similar to previous classes. In fact, the top seven (7) industries chosen by 2013 MBA1s are exactly the same as this year's graduating class of MBAs, as well as the 40,000+ alumni who graduated before them:

  • 1. Financial
  • 2. Consulting
  • 3. Consumer Products
  • 4. Tech
  • 5. Energy / Utilities
  • 6. Healthcare
  • 7. Entertainment

Three industries round out the top 10 for this group—with some key differences from their more senior classmates. Advertising lands at #8 for these first-year students—but is 10th for MBA alumni. Media is the 9th most preferred industry for the class of 2013—but is 11th for this year's graduating class, and 13th for alumni. And Nonprofits sneak into the class of 2013s general industry preferences at #10—landing at #15 for both 2nd-years and alumni.

Also, Real Estate falls within the top 10 for the two more senior populations, but is 12th for the current first-year students.

Here is the complete breakdown for the class of 2013 MBA industry preferences:

  • 1. Financial 21.69%
  • 2. Consulting17.62%
  • 3. Consumer Products11.11%
  • 4. Tech 8.42%
  • 5. Energy / Utilities5.48%
  • 6. Healthcare3.57%
  • 7. Entertainment 3.55%
  • 8. Advertising2.72%
  • 9. Media 2.35%
  • 10. Nonprofits & Social Enterprises2.34%
  • 11. Manufacturing2.17%
  • 12. Real Estate2.16%
  • 13. Government2.03%
  • 14. Pharmaceutical 1.51%
  • 15. Telecom 1.48%
  • 16. Retail1.42%
  • 17. Education 1.20%
  • 18. Economic Development / Microfinance 1.04%
  • 19. Natural Resources 0.97%
  • 20. Hospitality / Tourism0.95%
  • 21. Environmental Services & Sustainability 0.85%
  • 22. Transportation / Logistics 0.84%
  • 23. International Trade - Import / Export 0.78%
  • 24. Aerospace / Aviation / Defense 0.67%
  • 25. Automotive 0.55%
  • 26. Human Resources / Recruitment 0.50%
  • 27. Agribusiness 0.47%
  • 28. Other 0.43%
  • 29. Accounting0.30%
  • 30. Engineering Services 0.30%
  • 31. Construction 0.29%
  • 32. Law / Legal Services 0.21%

To view the visualization on Wordle check out: Wordle: MBA Class of 2013 Industry 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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