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USC MBA Employment Report: Marshall Class of 2020 Mix in Media Industry

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The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business has released its MBA Class of 2020 Employment Report showing a rise in salaries for the year over 2019 despite a slight decrease in signing bonuses. Sixty-one percent of job opportunities were facilitated by the school through the Campus Recruiting Program, summer internships, or staff and faculty referrals.

USC MBA Employment Report: Top 5 Industries

Consulting 28%
Technology 27%
Media/Entertainment/Gaming 11%
Consumer Packaged Goods 9%
Finance 8%

USC MBA Employment Report:
Regional Placement

West 88%
Midwest 3%
Southwest 3%
Northeast 2%
Mid-Atlantic 2%

Industry Placement

USC Marshall’s MBAs are finding careers in different industries and locations than many other business schools, and this is likely tied to the school’s location in Los Angeles, California, a city and state at the leading edge of technology and entertainment in the U.S.

While 28 percent of the class chose to enter the consulting industry, a traditional avenue for MBA grads, 27 percent chose to enter the technology industry and another 11 percent joined media, entertainment, and interactive gaming. Nine percent went into consumer packaged goods, while just 8 percent of grads went into the financial services industry.

Regional Placement

Just 2 percent of graduates went overseas to find careers. As in previous years, an overwhelming 88 percent of the class went to work in the American West. Three percent of the class went to the Midwest, up from a negligible percentage last year. Career destinations in the Northeast saw a drop of 3 percent to 2 percent of grads in 2020. The Southwest and Mid-Atlantic states both saw slight increases in placement to 3 and 2 percent respectively.

Christina Griffith
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