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June 23, 2010
Where Females with M.B.A.s Seek Employment
Females with M.B.A. degrees are a growing part of the workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Education, women received 44 percent of all M.B.A.s in 2007, a dramatic increase from previous years. ForbesWomen ranked the top industries where these females seek employment. The data was collected by Universum and surveyed 300,000 organizations.

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The top 10 industries, and the percentage of women holding M.B.A. degrees, are:

  1. Marketing and Advertising—22%
  2. Management Consulting—20%
  3. Financial Services—11%
  4. Consumer Goods—10%
  5. Government and Public Service—10%
  6. Entertainment, Media, and Public Relations—9%
  7. Health Care—8%
  8. Retail, Fashion, and Apparel—8%
  9. Nonprofit—6%
  10. Academic Research—6%

Management consulting and financial services are the only industries listed above where the percentage of males with M.B.A.s was higher than females with the same degree. There were more women with M.B.A.s in the remaining industries including the number one spot, marketing and advertising, where the percentage of women holding M.B.A.’s was much higher (22%) than their male counterparts (9%).

Recent studies have shown an increase of women in the United States pursuing higher education and even earning a higher percentage of some degrees than males. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported statistics that reflect this trend. In 2006-07 women earned a majority of the following degrees:

  • Associate's 62%
  • Bachelor's degrees 57%
  • Master's degrees 61 %


National Center for Education Statistics

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