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Best Industries for MBAs

Vault ranks the best industries to work in. Whether you are a recent grad or looking for a career change, use these rankings to find an industry that is right for you.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Best Career Path Rankings, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each path's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% demand (number of job openings), 25% earning potential (median salary), and 25% job satisfaction (perks, benefits, work/life balance), and 25% employment rates (unemployment).

Best Industries for MBAs


Investment Management

Investment management is the business of investing other people’s money. It is the “buy side” of the broader financial industry. Investment managers,...


Business Administration and Management

The business industry is made up of all types of companies. Among the fastest growing sectors in the United States are health care and medical, service,...



Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. And in the age of information, any businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, or other organizations that do not...



The energy industry comprises the companies and people who locate fuel resources, harness them or remove them from the earth, and then process and...


Information Technology

CompTIA, a major information technology (IT) industry trade association defines IT as the “utilization of computing via hardware, software, services, and...


Investment Banking

What is investment banking? Is it investing? Is it banking? Really, it is neither. Investment banking, or I-banking, as it is often called, is the term...


Private Equity

In its broadest sense, private equity is an investment derived from a nonpublic entity, or private company. These investments differ from those in publicly...


Hedge Funds

Hedge funds are privately offered, professionally managed investment vehicles that seek, like all financial investments, a positive annual return, limited...


Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry produces drugs and other products that help people and animals live healthier lives, recover from injuries,...


Nonprofit Sector

A nonprofit organization serves the public interest and is exempt from federal income taxes. Volunteerism and helping the public are activities that date...