The employment report provides career data for the graduating class of 2021.

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 2021 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 2021

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 94 months of work experience.

The graduating class of 2021 consisted of 31 students, of whom 27 were seeking employment. Four were not seeking employment because they were returning to a job, starting a new business, or pursuing further education. The data below is based on the 27 students seeking employment.

Accepted a Job Offer by Graduation 56%
Accepted a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation 67%
Average Salary (see salary notes at bottom of page) $73,827
Salary Range $44,096 to $102,000
Sector
Business 90%
Government and Not-for-Profit 10%
Functions
Finance and Accounting 50%
General Management 22%
Operations/Logistics 17%
Other 11%
Sample of Employers Who Hired 2021 Graduates
Intel
Hewlett Packard
Clearwater Analytics, LLC
ArcBest
TIE Angel Oregon
Oregon State University
Renaissance Financial
Techtronic Industries
ESPN Honolulu
Primerica Financial Services
Mercer
State of Oregon Department of Human Services

* 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 2021, a $73,827 salary in Portland, Oregon is approximately equal to $101,899 in Seattle, Washington; $152,200 in San Francisco, California; $90,710  in Boston, Massachusetts; and $104,547 in New York, New York. (Source: "Sperling's BestPlaces" Cost of Living Calculator, https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/, 1/19/2022.)

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