MBA Career Outlook

Jobs, Salaries, and Careers for MBA Graduates

  • Record high median salary for new MBA hires in 2019 at $115,000, double that of new bachelor's degree hires
  • 77% of companies worldwide plan to hire recent MBA graduates in 2019
  • Over half of companies offer signing bonuses to new business school hires, averaging $10,5001

Prepared with a focus on personal, team, process, organizational, and financial performance excellence, you'll have opportunities to work for a vast range of industries, including consulting, finance, health care, chemical, pharmaceutical, and defense.

Regardless of the field you work in, your leadership expertise will enable you to inspire people at your company to be and do their best.

"The degree gave me the credibility to get in the door, but the experience helped me perform with a global view of the industry."
– Andrea Devoti, President, Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc.

Careers That Require an MBA

Our MBA program offers a comprehensive general business track from an institution renowned for developing civic leaders. This flexible program offers you the opportunity to take courses that align with your career goals, so you can develop the skills to pursue a variety of positions like:

OCCUPATIONMEDIAN MBA SALARY
Top executives$104,9802
Financial managers$127,9903
Human resource managers$113,3004
Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers$132,6205
Sales managers$124,2206
Medical and health services managers$99,7307

Growing Opportunities in Unique Specializations

At Widener, not only do we offer the world-class general business track, but you can also choose to concentrate in one of two unique and growing areas of business: business process management and health care management.

Business Process Management

Master a process-centric approach toward leadership with the Business Process Management concentration and prepare yourself for opportunities in a rapidly growing field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of management analyst positions (which includes business process management experts) is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.8

With this concentration, you will be equipped with skills across management, consultant, and analyst roles such as:

OCCUPATIONMEDIAN SALARY
Management analyst$83,6108
Network and computer systems administrators$82,0509
Computer systems analysts$88,74010
Director of program management, business process$116,28011

Health Care Management

Our Health Care Management concentration prepares you for administrative and leadership roles in the health care industry or health-related fields like insurance and pharmaceuticals. You will build upon your natural talents for relationship management, servant leadership, and communication to improve and streamline processes that affect cost and outcomes in health care settings. Health care accounts for more than 13 million United States jobs and counting. It's one of the fastest-growing fields in our nation, and it will employ more people than any other industry in the next 10 years—providing you with tremendous job opportunities. When you graduate, you'll be prepared for a variety of positions, like:

OCCUPATIONMEDIAN SALARY
Health care program director$80,62912
Health care consultant$76,96013
Medical and health services manager$99,73014

Salaries in this field can vary depending on the type of health care facility. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median compensation for medical and health services manager was:

  • $110,460 in government health facilities
  • $108,730 in state, local, or private hospitals
  • $92,390 in outpatient care centers
  • $90,920 in physicians' offices
  • $84,260 in nursing and residential care facilities14

The Support You Need to Succeed

At Widener, your success is our top priority. Whether you need assistance with job search strategies or you're looking to transition to a different career path, our career counselors are always available to support you—regardless of whether you are a student or an alum.

As an alum, you get access to the same services as current students. This includes an invitation to all events hosted by our Office of Career Design and Development, as well as in-person or telephone/Skype appointments with one of our career counselors. You also get access to Handshake, Widener's online job site.

Grow Your Business Career With Widener

As a graduate of Widener's online program, you'll take your post-MBA career—and your earning potential—to the next level. With a strong focus on social responsibility, the liberal arts, and thriving areas of concentration, an online MBA from Widener prepares you to seize leadership opportunities and make a difference in your organization.

Ready to take the next step? Call a program manager at 1-844-386-7321 or request a free program brochure.

Sources:

1 Graduate Management Admission Council (2019 May). Business School Hiring Report: Corporate Recruiters Survey 2019. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.gmac.com/-/media/files/gmac/research/employment-outlook/business-school-hiring-report_corporate-recruiters-survey-2019_may-2019.pdf.
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 18). Top Executives. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm.
3 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 13). Financial Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm.
4 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 13) Human Resource Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm.
5 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 11) Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/advertising-promotions-and-marketing-managers.htm.
6 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 April 12) Sales Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/sales-managers.htm.
7 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 17) Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.
8 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 14) Management Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm.
9 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 17). Network and Computer Systems Administrators. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm.
10 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 12). Computer Systems Analyst. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm.
11 Payscale (n.d.). Average Director of Program Management, Business Process Salary. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Director_of_Program_Management%2C_Business_Process/Salary.
12 Payscale (n.d.). Average Program Director, Healthcare Salary. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Program_Director%2C_Healthcare/Salary.
13 Payscale (n.d.). Average Healthcare Consultant Salary. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Healthcare_Consultant/Salary.
14 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 17) Medical and Health Services Manager. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.