MBA Careers – Hiring on the Rise

Often questions about MBA careers come down to one important number: your salary after graduating. Let’s face it, few people pursue an MBA degree for the joy of learning; earning an MBA is often about furthering your career and improving your salary.

There is great news for those pursing an MBA in business. According to a recent study conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 72% of employers expect to hire MBA graduates in 2015 compared to 69% in 2014. In addition, 88% of those surveyed expect to hire as many or more MBA grads than they did in 2014.

In George Mason’s MBA Program, 80% of graduates are employed at graduation, while 68% received a raise after receiving their MBA. Learn more about Mason’s MBA careers.

According to GMAC, today’s companies are focusing more on expansion and growth which leads to increased hiring (and salaries), as compared to the prior focus of financial challenges that were common in the past few years as we were coming out of a recession.

GMAC’s annual year-end poll surveyed 169 employers globally.

Below is an infographic that highlights other findings of the survey.

MBA Careers – Hiring on the Rise

Source: GMAC

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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