B-School Chart of the Week: The Class of 2015 Employment Placement by Industry

Around this time of the year, business schools release employment placement information for the most recent graduating class. While we wait for all the top-ranked schools to publish their Class of 2016 employment statistics, let’s take a final look at the Class of 2015. We at mbaMission examined the placement reports of 16 top-ranked schools—including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business—to discover which industries attracted the most newly minted MBAs last year.


Consulting and finance together claimed more than half of all graduates, with 28.1% leaning toward consulting and 25.8% toward finance. Meanwhile, 18.9% accepted positions in technology, while 8.1% chose the consumer packaged goods and retail industries. Health care, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals attracted 5.0% of graduates, and such industries as manufacturing, government and nonprofit, and media and entertainment were the choice for smaller percentages of the class (3.4%, 2.6%, and 2.6%, respectively). Did industry preferences change with the Class of 2016? We shall find out soon…

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