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Top 10 hiring functions for MBA Employers in the United States

By Niamh Ollerton

Updated September 14, 2021 Updated September 14, 2021

Find out the top hiring functions for MBA employers in the US in 2022 below.

QS has released its latest Global Employer Survey Report 2022 shining a light on the world of work for MBA graduates.

The report takes a closer look at salaries for MBA specialisations, the functions employers are looking for in MBA recruits, hiring outlook, skills and so much more.

Let’s take a look at the most popular functions MBA employers hire for in the US with data taken from the QS Global Employer Survey.

Most Popular Functions US MBA Employers Hire For 2022







Finance - Other


Strategic Thinking


General Management




Finance – Advisory






Sales & Development


Supply Chain





As the home of Silicon Valley, it may be unsurprising that the most popular function MBA employers hire for in the US is IT/Tech, with more than half of MBA employers hiring in this area.

Silicon Valley isn’t the only home of IT/technology jobs for MBA graduates but it’s no doubt a significant factor behind the fact so many employers are seeking recruits in this area.

Perhaps MBA employers in the US are gearing up for a post-pandemic explosion of interest in technologists, and that includes within start-ups, with so many focusing on technological innovation. Remote work has created an obvious demand for certain tech jobs.

In fact, a Microsoft report from 2020 estimated the total number of “technology-oriented” jobs would increase from 41 million in 2020 to 190 million in 2025.

The demand for marketing is also high, but job growth – according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics – will vary by the area of marketing in which you choose to specialise, as well as where you work.

Finance is the third most popular function MBA employers are hiring for in the US, which is unsurprising with the US being the home of Wall Street.

Both finance and marketing offer the potential for higher earnings and our data suggests there are plenty of roles available for MBA graduates within each industry.  

Based on the QS MBA by Career Specialisation Rankings 2021, the top business schools for technology, marketing, and finance are:

  • Technology: MIT Sloan School of Management, 1st in the world 
  • Marketing: Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1st in the world 
  • Finance: The Wharton School, 1st in the world 

This article was originally published in September 2021 .

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