B-School Chart of the Week: Most Popular Job Functions by Industry

Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.

Business school candidates ought to consider not only which industry they want to enter, but also what kind of functional role they want to pursue. Each September, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, the organization that administers the GMAT, surveys recent graduates and alumni from top business schools and compiles their findings in the Alumni Perspectives Survey. This report offers a broad look at certain trends among recent MBAs, such as how their careers have progressed. One of the interesting features of the 2012 report, which surveyed the graduating Class of 2011, broke down which job functions were most popular by hiring industry. For example, 39% of the 2012 graduates entering the products and services industry took marketing and sales positions. Respondents entering health care and pharmaceuticals were more likely to find themselves in a human resources role, with 20% filling this function. In researching MBA programs, looking at how a school’s curriculum will prepare you for the specific job position you seek may be as important as considering a school’s ties to a particular industry.

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