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Top industries for the graduating class of 2013 MBA2s

 

 

We've already broken down the job functions for this year's graduating class of MBA2s. But what about the job industry experiences and preferences?

Similar to the functional areas, most MBAs are interested and experienced in jobs in Finance. Roughly 2 out of 5 graduating MBA students have experience in the Finance industry. And almost half of them are interested in working in Finance post-graduation. This is no different from previous years. But there are some changes to the next nine industries on the list.

The top 10 industry experiences for this year's graduating class of 2013 MBA2s are:

  • 1. Finance: 38.1% of candidates selected a Finance-related industry experience
  • 2. Consulting: 30.8%
  • 3. High Tech: 24.9%
  • 4. Not-for-Profit: 15.3%
  • 5. Services: 14.5%
  • 6. Consumer Packaged Goods: 13.7%
  • 7. Transportation: 12.5%
  • 8. Energy: 11.7%
  • 9. Healthcare: 10.2%
  • 10 Manufacturing: 8.3%

Which is very similar to last year's class of 2012 MBA2 experiences, where the only difference is Not-for-Profits jump to the 4th most popular industry from 6th last year:

  • 1. Finance: 37.8%
  • 2. Consulting: 30.6%
  • 3. High Tech: 24.0%
  • 4. Services: 15.6%
  • 5. Consumer Packaged Goods: 14.6%
  • 6. Not-for-Profit: 13.7%
  • 7. Transportation: 12.8%
  • 8. Energy: 10.7%
  • 9. Healthcare: 10.5%
  • 10. Manufacturing: 8.2%

What is interesting is when you compare these industry experiences to the industry preferences of these class of 2013 graduating MBA students:

  • 1. Finance: 48.6% of candidates selected a Finance-related industry preference
  • 2. Consulting: 48.6%
  • 3. High Tech: 31.1%
  • 4. Consumer Packaged Goods: 28.6%
  • 5. Energy: 22.9%
  • 6. Services: 21.7%
  • 7. Not-for-Profit: 18.9%
  • 8. Healthcare: 16.9%
  • 9. Transportation: 16.6%
  • 10. Manufacturing: 11.1%

Energy makes a huge leap into the top 5, where -- despite the fact that only 11% of the students have experience in the Energy industry -- 23% of them are seeking full-time employment in the Energy industry. These students are also much more interested in Consulting and CPG than they are experienced those two industries.

And compared to last year, you'll notice that many more current students (6% more) are interested in High Tech than the graduating class of 2012 MBA2s were:

  • 1. Finance: 47.5%
  • 2. Consulting: 46.2%
  • 3. Consumer Packaged Goods: 27.4%
  • 4. High Tech: 25.4%
  • 5. Services: 21.4%
  • 6. Energy: 20.3%
  • 7. Not-for-Profit: 17.7%
  • 8. Healthcare: 15.3%
  • 9. Transportation: 14.5%
  • 10. Manufacturing: 8.9%

But the more things change the more they stay the same. Finance and Consulting remain the top two industries for students seeking full-time employment after graduating from the world's top MBA programs -- and the other industries continue to grow.

Wordle: Top 10 MBA Job Industries (2013)

For a complete breakdown of the profile demographics and five-year trends of the MBAs at the world's top business schools, please visit mbafocus.com/analytics to request the official Candidate Analytics Report.

Statistics above based on the candidate profiles of over 12,000 current graduating students at MBA Focus partner schools who have completed a profile already this year and 18,000 students from last year who graduated in the Spring/Summer of 2012. Candidates may choose more than one answer.

 

 

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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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