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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

1

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,...

2

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,...

3

Consulting

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

4

Energy

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

5

Information Technology

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

6

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...

7

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...

8

Hedge Funds

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

9

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

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

10

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...