The employment report provides career data for the graduating class of 2019.

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 2019 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 2019

Members of the graduating class of 2019 entered the program seeking their first professional position or career change. Prior to the Willamette MBA program they had a average of 18 months pre MBA work experience, and median of 1 month of pre-MBA work experience. The range of months of work experience was with a range 0 to 192 months of work experience.

Received a Job Offer by Graduation 52%
Received a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation 73%
Accepted a Job Offer by Graduation 42%
Accepted a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation 69%
Average Salary (see salary notes at bottom of page) $65,311
Salary Range $35,360 to $100,000
Business 76%
Government and Not-for-Profit 24%
Consulting 12%
Finance and Accounting 24%
General Management 12%
Human Resources 18%
IT 3%
Marketing 6%
Operations/Logistics 12%
Other 12%
Sample of Employers Who Hired 2019 Graduates
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
Morgan Stanley
TIBCO Software
Samaritan Health Services
California Department of Public Health
Columbia Bank
Kaiser Permanente
Lam Research
State of Oregon Department of Human Services
State of Oregon Department of Forestry
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 2019, a $65,311 salary in Portland, Oregon is approximately equal to $90,145 in Seattle, Washington; $134,643 in San Francisco, California; $80,247  in Boston, Massachusetts; $76,844 in Washington DC; and $92,487 in New York, New York. (Source: "Sperling's BestPlaces" Cost of Living Calculator,, 10/29/2019)

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