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Master of Business Administration


The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a master's degree in business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines. The MBA designation originated in the United States, emerging from the late 19th century as the country industrialized and companies sought out scientific approaches to management.

The MBA degree has since achieved worldwide recognition. Accreditation bodies exist specifically for MBA programs to ensure consistency and quality of graduate business education, and business schools in many countries offer MBA programs tailored to full-time, part-time, executive, and distance learning students, with specialized concentrations.

Each year, well-known business publications such as Business Week, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal publish rankings of selected MBA programs that, while controversial in their methodology, nevertheless directly influence the prestige of schools that achieve high scores.

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Marketing Managers
Wage: $114,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 14.4%
Self Employed: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Employed Part Time: 4.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers
Wage: $105,960
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.2%
Self Employed: 13.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Employed Part Time: 4.8%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Human Resources Managers
Wage: $102,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.4%
Self Employed: 1.3%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Employed Part Time: 2.7%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Financial Managers
Wage: $99,330
10 Year Growth Rate: 12.6%
Self Employed: 4.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Employed Part Time: 4.2%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Public Relations Managers
Wage: $95,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 16.9%
Self Employed: 1.7%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Employed Part Time: 5.4%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
Wage: $89,160
10 Year Growth Rate: 3.4%
Self Employed: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Employed Part Time: 1.9%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Compensation and Benefits Managers
Wage: $86,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 12.0%
Self Employed: 1.4%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Employed Part Time: 2.7%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Financial Examiners
Wage: $75,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.7%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Employed Part Time: 9.3%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Agents and Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
Wage: $74,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 9.6%
Self Employed: 55.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Employed Part Time: 18.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Management Analysts
Wage: $73,570
10 Year Growth Rate: 21.9%
Self Employed: 27.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Employed Part Time: 13.2%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Financial Analysts
Wage: $73,150
10 Year Growth Rate: 33.8%
Self Employed: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Employed Part Time: 7.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Logisticians
Wage: $73,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 17.3%
Self Employed: 1.5%
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Employed Part Time: 3.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Personal Financial Advisors
Wage: $69,050
10 Year Growth Rate: 41.0%
Self Employed: 30.9%
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Employed Part Time: 7.7%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Sales Worker Supervisors
Wage: $68,100
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.2%
Self Employed: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Employed Part Time: 4.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Business Operation Specialists
Wage: $64,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 20.9%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Employed Part Time: 9.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Financial Specialists
Wage: $62,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.8%
Self Employed: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Employed Part Time: 11.3%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Credit Analysts
Wage: $60,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 1.9%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Employed Part Time: 5.3%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
Wage: $60,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 16.5%
Self Employed: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Employed Part Time: 7.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Accountants and Auditors
Wage: $59,430
10 Year Growth Rate: 17.7%
Self Employed: 9.5%
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Employed Part Time: 9.3%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
Wage: $58,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 18.4%
Self Employed: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Employed Part Time: 7.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Insurance Underwriters
Wage: $56,790
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.3%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Employed Part Time: 3.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Training and Development Specialists
Wage: $55,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 18.3%
Self Employed: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Employed Part Time: 7.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Loan Officers
Wage: $54,700
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.5%
Self Employed: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Employed Part Time: 6.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Compliance Officers
Wage: $54,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 4.9%
Self Employed: 0.4%
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Employed Part Time: 5.0%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists
Wage: $49,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 18.4%
Self Employed: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Employed Part Time: 7.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Wage: $48,100
10 Year Growth Rate: 2.1%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Employed Part Time: 3.9%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Appraisers and Assessors Of Real Estate
Wage: $47,370
10 Year Growth Rate: 16.9%
Self Employed: 32.7%
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Employed Part Time: 8.4%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree