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Top MBA Jobs for 2017

The beauty of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is that you can apply your learning to any number of industries. Business makes the world turn and an MBA degree can help you succeed in virtually any field you are passionate about. Whether you prefer the solidity of numbers and finance or you enjoy working with people, an MBA degree can set you up for success.

Here are a few in-demand careers to consider as you work on your MBA.

Corporate Strategist

Corporate strategy, also referred to as strategic planning, is an important part of successful business development. A corporate strategist is responsible for helping a company find a path to success by changing, trying new techniques and outwitting the competition.

Employers will expect new graduates to know about the latest trends, terminology and social influences that may affect a business. Recent MBA graduates are an asset to the field of strategic planning because they often bring a fresh perspective and can propose ideas that a corporation has yet to try.

If you find yourself buzzing with ideas, thinking up innovative ways that businesses could grow, or if you enjoy taking risks, a job as a corporate strategist may be the perfect fit for you.

Financial Analyst

A financial analyst is responsible for examining stocks, investments and the current market before making recommendations on how a business should invest its capital. Financial analysts can therefore enable businesses to make informed decisions.

They enjoy full-time work with consistent hours, though days can run long at times. While some financial analysts hold a bachelor’s degree, an MBA is usually required for most higher-paying positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for financial analysts in 2015 was $80,310 per year. The industry is growing faster than average, so new MBA graduates are in high demand.

Human Resources Specialist

If you love working with people and making sure the workplace is enjoyable and safe, consider a job as a human resources specialist. There is a lot of room for upward mobility in the human resources department. The median pay in 2015 was $58,350 per year for human resources specialists and $104,440 for human resources managers.

According to a 2013 report by the Society for Human Resource Management, human resources professionals enjoy more job satisfaction than most other American employees. Working in HR is a great way to work your way up to a six-figure salary while improving others’ lives.

Logistics and Operations Manager

Logisticians work on the ground floor of businesses, organizing supply chains and ensuring that the company’s products reach the consumer. You will find logistician positions in almost every industry, from the obvious choices like transportation companies (e.g., FedEx, UPS) to major retailers (e.g., Wal-Mart, Target) and manufacturers (e.g., Coca Cola, Fisher-Price).

Operations managers do similar work as logisticians but also coordinate with human resources and company policies. In 2015, the median pay for logisticians was $74,260 per year and $97,730 for operations managers. If you enjoy a fast-paced work environment with daily challenges, consider working as a logistician or operations manager.

Marketing Manager

From print marketing to social media campaigns, marketing professionals have an endless array of options before them. Marketing managers coordinate the efforts of a marketing team and align marketing practices with company goals. Marketing managers also conduct market research and use consumer feedback to guide corporate decisions.

The median annual salary for a marketing manager in 2015 was $128,750. Marketing is a thriving industry that is growing faster than ever before. If you enjoy being on the cutting edge of business-enhancing tactics, consider a job as a marketing manager.

With an MBA, you can find a job that is tailor-made to fit your personality. MBA grads work in a variety of settings and industries. So whether you prefer fast-paced and unpredictable work or a consistent, reliable, and emotionally rewarding position, an MBA degree can get you to that dream job.

Learn more about the Boise State online MBA program.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Financial Analysts

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Human Resources Specialist

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Human Resources Specialists: Similar Occupations

Society for Human Resource Management: What HR Professionals Love About Their Job

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Logisticians

Bureau of Labor Statistics: General and Operations Managers

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Marketing Managers

Ivey Business Journal: What Is Corporate Strategy, Really?

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