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MBAs Are Graduating Into the Best Job Market in a Decade

It has never been a better time to be a B-school alum

This year's business school graduates are looking for work right on time: More companies want to hire them than at any point in the past decade, a new report shows.

Corporations around the world say they will hire considerably more MBAs in 2015 than they have in any single year since 2003, according to projections by the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the GMAT. In its annual survey of corporate recruiters, GMAC found that 84 percent of companies globally say they will hire people with master’s of business degrees, up from 74 percent that brought on new MBAs last year. The jump is the largest year-over-year rise in projected MBA hiring since 2011.

MBA hiring will ramp up the most in the U.S., where 90 percent of employers said they would be filling desks with new B-school grads, up from 82 percent last year. Meanwhile, in recession-emergent Europe, companies' intention to hire edged upward but stayed lower than other regions. Just 56 percent of employers in Europe said they wanted to hire MBAs, vs. 75 percent in Asia and Latin America. 

The demand for MBAs was highest in the energy and utilities sector, where 96 percent of companies said that they wanted to hire recent grads and that most of the new hires would work in jobs related to finance or general management. Technology was the second-neediest industry: 93 percent of tech companies plan to make room for B-school alums, mostly to work in marketing. 

Most companies will raise salaries for MBAs, though only one in five said it would boost pay by more than the rate of inflation. The typical MBA can expect to earn around $100,000 in starting salary. That's slightly higher than the median offer in 2014 but almost double what the typical college graduate will make this year, GMAC said.