2020 Employment Report

The employment report provides career data for the graduating class of 2020.

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 2020 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 2020

Members of the graduating class of 2020 entered the program seeking their first professional position or career change. Prior to the Willamette MBA program, they had an average of 12 months pre MBA work experience and median of 0 month of pre-MBA work experience. The range of months of work experience was with a range 0 to 127 months of work experience.

The graduating class of 2020 consisted of 60 students, of which 51 were seeking employment, 6 were not seeking employment, and the job-seeking status of 3 was unknown. The data below is based on the 51 students seeking employment.

Accepted a Job Offer by Graduation 41%
Accepted a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation 76%
Average Salary (see salary notes at bottom of page) $65,477
Salary Range $41,600 to $120,000
Business 85%
Government and Not-for-Profit 15%
Consulting 5%
Finance and Accounting 31%
General Management 5%
Human Resources 5%
IT 8%
Marketing 5%
Operations/Logistics 3%
Other 23%
Sample of Employers Who Hired 2020 Graduates
Microsoft Corporation
Volkswagen Group of America
Claremont School of Theology
Alaska Court System, Anchorage Superior Court
Modern Industries
Charles Schwab
Davita Kidney Care
NAVEX Global
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
State of Oregon Department of Human Services
State of Oregon Department of Education
State of Oregon Department of Transportation

* 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 2020, a $65,477 salary in Portland, Oregon is approximately equal to $90,374 in Seattle, Washington; $134,985 in San Francisco, California; $80,451  in Boston, Massachusetts; $77,001 in Washington DC; and $92,675 in New York, New York. (Source: "Sperling's BestPlaces" Cost of Living Calculator, https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/, 2/1/2021)

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

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