Where Wharton MBAs Work & What They Do
Where do Wharton MBAs work and in what industries?
With its wealth of membership data, LinkedIn is now providing a glimpse into this answer. Of course, not all Wharton MBAs are registered with the professional networking site so it’s an obviously incomplete list.
Even so, the data provides an interesting window into the most likely employers of Wharton MBAs as well as the most likely industries that attract its graduates.
The No. 1 employer of Wharton MBAs is not a financial firm, despite the school’s long-time strength in that discipline. It’s McKinsey & Co., largely by virtue of its status as the number one elite MBA employers. According to LinkedIn, some 397 of its members with Wharton MBAs say they work for McKinsey. The second biggest employer of Wharton MBAs is Goldman Sachs with 348 LinkedIn members.
Indeed, five of the eight largest employers of Wharton MBAs are in the field of finance. After Goldman, there’s No. 4 Citicorp, No. 5 Morgan Stanley, No. 7 Merrill Lynch, and No. 8 J.P. Morgan. According to LinkedIn, Merrill Lynch has four times as many Wharton MBAs to Harvard, 237 versus 62, as of December, 2012.
Source: LinkedIn membership data
Wharton MBAs seem to like their alma mater. The University of Pennsylvania employs some 324 Wharton MBAs, more than any other employer after McKinsey and Goldman Sachs.
The number one industry is no surprise at all: It’s finance, with 7,025 LinkedIn members, followed by business development, consulting, entrepreneurship, and marketing.