Employment Report

The employment report provides career data for the graduating class of 2016.

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 2016 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 2016

Members of the graduating class of 2016 entered the program seeking their first professional position or career change. Prior to the Willamette MBA program they had a median of 11 months of work experience with a range 0 to 240 months of work experience.

Received a Job Offer 82%
Accepted a Job Offer 78%
Business 68%
Government and Not-for-Profit 32%
Salary (see salary notes at bottom of page)
Average Salary $56,417
Range Salary $13,200 to $82,000
Consulting 13%
Finance and Accounting 23%
General Management 6%
Human Resources 6%
Marketing 9%
MIS 9%
Operations/Logistics 13%
Real Estate 2%
Other 19%
Sample of Employers Who Hired 2016 Graduates
Ashland Partners
Astra Society International
Banfield Pet Hospital
Family Building Blocks
Kaiser Permanente
Cambia Health Solutions
Hewlett Packard Company (HP)
Hitachi Consulting
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Nike Inc
Providence Health & Services
Salem Health
State of Oregon
Target Corporation 
United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley
US Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Benefits Administration

* 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 2016, a $56,417 salary in Portland, Oregon is approximately equal to $70,873 in Seattle, Washington; $109,461 in San Francisco, California; $68,222  in Boston, Massachusetts; $63,645 in Washington DC; and $72,278 in New York, New York. (Source: "Sperling's BestPlaces" Cost of Living Calculator; 3/3/2017; http://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/)