Employment Report

The employment report provides career data for the graduating class of 2018.

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 2018 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 resumes and interview skills, network through student professional organizations, alumni and employer contacts, and actively pursue employment opportunities.

Employment - Graduating Class of 2018

Members of the graduating class of 2018 entered the program seeking their first professional position or career change. Prior to the Willamette MBA program they had a median of 12 months of work experience with a range 0 to 250 months of work experience.

The graduating class of 2018 consisted of 58 students, of which 48 were seeking employment and 10 were not seeking employment. No students were classified as "unknown" in regard to the employment plans. The data below is based on the 48 students seeking employment.

Received a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation
US Citizens 84%
International Citizens 82%
Accepted a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation
US Citizens 81%
International Citizens 75%
Average Salary (see salary notes at bottom of page)
US Citizens $62,044
International Citizens $59,720
Salary Range
US Citizens $24,000 to $92,000    
International Citizens $15,000 to $115,000
Business 84%
Government and Not-for-Profit 16%
Consulting 13%
Finance and Accounting 45%
General Management 11%
Human Resources 3%
MIS 5%
Marketing 11%
Operations/Logistics 11%
Other 3%
Sample of Employers Who Hired 2018 Graduates
Bayer, U.S. LLC
CHANGE Global Investment LLC
Charter School Capital
Daimler Trucks North America
Deloitte & Touche LLP
First Federal
Fisher Investments
Hitachi Consulting
MGM Resorts International
Merrill Lynch
Nike, Inc.
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Oregon Health Authority
Oregon Lottery
Power Oregon
Seattle Seahawks
U.S. Army
West Maui Land Company

* 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 2018, a $62,000 salary in Portland, Oregon is approximately equal to $85,575 in Seattle, Washington; $127,817 in San Francisco, California; $76,179  in Boston, Massachusetts; $72,949 in Washington DC; and $87,798 in New York, New York. (Source: "Sperling's BestPlaces" Cost of Living Calculator, https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/, 10/15/2018)

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

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