Why An MBA Can Make You Popular With Employers

DBAs, Web developers and computer systems analysts top the list of most promising opportunities for MBA grads according to U.S. News.

Would you consider getting an MBA? Tell us in the comments below.

The report is welcome news for recent grads and other IT professionals who decided to wait out the recession by pursuing an expensive graduate degree in business administration. Best yet, the publication said that coupling any one of the three professions with an MBA will make your market value soar.

It turns out IT professionals with an MBA can earn a pretty decent salary. The average for an IT/computer services professional with an MBA in North America and Western Europe was $81,800 in 2011, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education research firm which produced the TopMBA.com Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2011/12. In addition to base salary, IT professionals with MBAs received average annual bonuses of $19,800.

Universum surveyed 6,000 MBA students to uncover their preferred organizations. You can find the entire list here, but here’s a summary of the top 10.

  1. Google
  2. McKinsey & Company
  3. Apple
  4. Goldman Sachs
  5. The Boston Consulting Group
  6. Bain & Company
  7. Facebook
  8. Amazon
  9. J.P. Morgan
  10. 10. Nike

Universum also surveyed 61,726 undergrads to develop a list of100 preferred employers for IT. The top 10:

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Apple
  4. Facebook
  5. IBM
  6. Electronic Arts
  7. Walt Disney Company
  8. Amazon
  9. Cisco Systems
  10. NASA

Comments

  1. BY R Michael Small says:

    Some folk view an experience-less MBA as a menace to business: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/83/mbamenace.html

  2. BY Proud Paulbot says:

    I’m taking my 2nd class in an MBA program right now. But I’m 100% certain this degree will not get me a tech job. I’d need to gain complete fluency in at least a dozen programming languages for that to happen, and that’s definitely not what I’m doing. In fact, I decided to get the MBA because I *know* I’m unemployable in the tech field, and that I needed to return to the field where I actually have experience and skills: marketing. The MBA is filling my business knowledge gaps.

    Further, an MBA doesn’t teach you what you need to know to get a job as a cubicle jockey. It teaches you what you need to know to become a boss; it teaches you what you need to know to become an entrepreneur.

    • BY RMS says:

      Are you concentrating on a Masters in Marketing, or “generic” MBA?

      As for the MBA “teaching you what you need to know to …” I encourage you to read the article MBAmenance in the first post.

      • BY Proud Paulbot says:

        I’m doing a concentration in marketing.

        I did read the FastCompany article. It talked about young graduates who have little or no work experience, except maybe at a mall. I agree that classroom learning is no substitute for real-world experience.

        I do not fall into that category. I worked as a marketing copywriter for years before going back to college…I stupidly thought that I could make more money with a tech degree (I didn’t have a degree at all, and it *was* holding me back; my mistake was going for a Math/CIS degree instead of a business degree).

        I do feel that the MBA is filling in a lot of gaps in my knowledge. While, as I mentioned above, it cannot teach *everything,* I feel that the theory I am learning is quite valuable.

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