Employment Report

The employment report provides career data for the graduating class of 2017.

Data used in the employment report was provided to the Willamette MBA career management staff by members of the graduating class. The employment report refers to the graduates' first position after completing the Willamette MBA.

As with most Willamette MBA graduates, the class of 2017 represented a wide range of career interests. Some were seeking their first management position and some were seeking career change or advancement. Some were seeking careers in business, while others were seeking careers related to public service or not-for-profit organizations.

A few examples of salary comparisons for Portland, Oregon and other cities in the U.S. are presented at the bottom of this page. 

Conducting a successful job search is a partnership between students and the school. The school helps students develop their knowledge, experience and competitive career skills, facilitates networking and employment opportunities, and connects students to the information and resources they need. MBA students build their tools of management, identify their career goals, develop competitive resume and interview skills, network through student professional organizations, alumni and employer contacts, and actively pursue employment opportunities.

Employment - Graduating Class of 2017

Members of the graduating class of 2017 entered the program seeking their first professional position or career change. Prior to the Willamette MBA program they had a median of 10 months of work experience with a range 0 to 100 months of work experience.

Received a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation
US Citizens 85%
International Citizens 48%
Accepted a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation
US Citizens 82%
International Citizens 44%
Average Salary (see salary notes at bottom of page)
US Citizens $60,479
International Citizens $44,098
Salary Range
US Citizens $36,000 to $85,000    
International Citizens $4,901 to $75,000
Business 80%
Government and Not-for-Profit 20%
Consulting 17%
Finance and Accounting 23%
Human Resources 7%
Marketing 23%
Operations/Logistics 5%
Real Estate 2%
Other 23%
Sample of Employers Who Hired 2017 Graduates
Aflac, Inc.
Astra Society International
Astra Zeneca
Bolt Marketing Group LLC
Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties
Cambia Health Solutions
CGI Technologies
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Hewlett Packard Company (HP)
Kaiser Permanente
Merkle, Inc.
Moss Adams
Nike, Inc.
PWC - PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Schilling Cider
SGS North America
State of Oregon
United States Department of Justice

* Salary Notes:
1) Employment and salary data vary from year to year depending on general economic trends, the career goals of the individual members of the graduating class, undergraduate degree, previous related work experience, level of managerial responsibility, and sector of employment.  Salaries also vary by geographic location. For the graduating class of 2017, a $60,479 salary in Portland, Oregon is approximately equal to $75,975 in Seattle, Washington; $117,352 in San Francisco, California; $73,134  in Boston, Massachusetts; $68,227 in Washington DC; and $77,482 in New York, New York. (Source: "Sperling's BestPlaces" Cost of Living Calculator; 10/17/2017; http://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/)