MBA improves employment prospects

MBA graduates continue to be in high demand in the employment market with 92 percent of 2012 graduates surveyed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) were employed three months after graduation.

That’s six percentage points higher than class of 2011 graduates surveyed at the same time the year before in GMAC’s Alumni Perspectives Survey.

2013 GMAC surveyIn addition, some 77 percent of the class of 2012 graduates surveyed said their starting salary met or exceeded their expectations, and 76 percent said they could not have gotten their job without their graduate management education.

The 13th annual survey of 4,444 MBA and other graduate-level alumni was conducted by GMAC, which administers the GMAT entrance exam for graduate business and management programs worldwide.

“As the economy improves in many parts of the world, employers who are hiring look for skilled managers to lead the way,” says Dave Wilson, GMAC president and CEO.

“MBAs and other graduate degrees provide the skills people need to manage tough problems in today’s complex marketplace.”

A variety of factors affect compensation, such as pre-degree salary and experience, industry and job function, and median salaries of the class of 2012 showed significant differences by program type.

For example, those graduating from full-time two-year MBA programs had a median salary of $85,000, with additional compensation of $10,000, whereas those graduating from full-time one-year MBA programs had a median salary of $59,000 with additional compensation of $5,500 (age, program location, and work location are confounding factors).

Median starting salaries of 2012 graduates varied most widely by work location (shown in US dollars):

  • Europe: $105,120
  • US: $83,000
  • Canada: $81,443
  • Asia Pacific Islands: $52,329
  • Latin America: $48,557
  • Central Asia: $27,818

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Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).