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Fifty Most Popular Employers for Business Students

  1. Google, Disney Tops With Business Students
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    Google, Disney Tops With Business Students

    Wondering which employers are on business students' must-have list? Universum surveyed more than 65,000 U.S. college students to find out. In the slides that follow, you can see how popular employers are with students in different majors.

    The most popular employers for business students this year are a good reflection of what is important to a 22-year-old in 2013. First, tech companies fare very well on the list. Google (GOOG) ranks No. 1 overall, and Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Facebook (FB) follow closely behind, at Nos. 3, 14, and 18, respectively.

    Popular specialty accessory retailers such as Louis Vuitton (MC:FP), at No. 33, and Coach (COH), at 36, figure prominently, as do well-known brands the students grew up with—No. 2 Disney (DIS), No. 12 Coca-Cola (C), and No. 20 Procter & Gamble (PG). New companies on the list this year include Nordstrom (JWN), NBCUniversal, H&M (HMB:SS) and MGM Resorts International (MGM).

    Note: Data are based on a survey of more than 75,000 U.S. college students conducted by Universum from December 2012 to March 2013. The slide order was determined by 20,812 business student responses. Figure in parenthesis following ranks indicates change from 2012; positive numbers indicate a move up the ranking, while negative numbers denote a move down the ranking. Employee head count provided by Bloomberg or the employers. NA=not available. NC=no change. NR=not ranked. Data: Universum

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  2. 50. NASA
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    50. NASA

    2012 Rank: 57
    Total Employees: 18,100
    Business: Aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 1 (NC)
    IT: 11 (+2)
    Natural Sciences: 6 (+3)
    Humanities: 21 (+1)
    Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
  3. 49. Time Warner
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    49. Time Warner

    2012 Rank: 51
    Total Employees: 34,000
    Business: Media and entertainment

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 160 (NC)
    IT: 75 (-13)
    Natural Sciences: 135 (+6)
    Humanities: 27 (+4)
    Photograph by Chris Hondros/Getty Images
  4. 48. American Cancer Society
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    48. American Cancer Society

    2012 Rank: 39
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: Support for cancer research, education, and treatment

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: 3 (+1)
    Humanities: 11 (-1)
    Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
  5. 47. Under Armour
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    47. Under Armour

    2012 Rank: 40
    Total Employees: 5,900
    Business: Apparel and accessories

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: 41 (+2)
    Humanities: 66 (-1)
    Photograph by G Fiume/Getty Images
  6. 46. Southwest Airlines
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    46. Southwest Airlines

    2012 Rank: 36
    Total Employees: 45,861
    Business: Airline

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 101 (-11)
    IT: 58 (+30)
    Natural Sciences: 81 (-17)
    Humanities: 52 (-8)
    Photograph by Karen Bleier/AFP/GettyImages
  7. 45. PepsiCo
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    45. PepsiCo

    2012 Rank: 43
    Total Employees: 278,000
    Business: Food and beverage

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 91 (+10)
    IT: 57 (+1)
    Natural Sciences: 90 (NC)
    Humanities: 68 (-7)
    Photograph by Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg
  8. 44. Peace Corps
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    44. Peace Corps

    2012 Rank: 41
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: International public service

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 39 (+7)
    IT: 88 (-19)
    Natural Sciences: 7 (-1)
    Humanities: 7 (NC)
    Courtesy Peace Corps
  9. 43. Boeing
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    43. Boeing

    2012 Rank: 38
    Total Employees: 174,400
    Business: Commercial aircraft, defense systems

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 3 (-1)
    IT: 31 (-10)
    Natural Sciences: 54 (+2)
    Humanities: 72 (-10)
    Photograph by Tim Boyle/Getty Images
  10. 42. McKinsey
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    42. McKinsey

    2012 Rank: 42
    Total Employees: 17,000
    Business: Consulting

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 98 (-25)
    IT: 52 (+13)
    Natural Sciences: 130 (-12)
    Humanities: 86 (-19)
    Courtesy Mckinsey
  11. 41. IBM
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    41. IBM

    2012 Rank: 45
    Total Employees: 466,995
    Business: Technology and consulting

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 11 (+3)
    IT: 4 (+1)
    Natural Sciences: 63 (+9)
    Humanities: 73 (+11)
    Photograph by Peter Hilz
  12. 40. MGM Resorts International
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    40. MGM Resorts International

    2012 Rank: NR
    Total Employees: 44,500
    Business: Gaming, hospitality, entertainment resorts

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: NR
    Humanities: NR
    Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
  13. 39. Boston Consulting Group
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    39. Boston Consulting Group

    2012 Rank: 37
    Total Employees: 6,200
    Business: Consulting

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 100 (-1)
    IT: 83 (-7)
    Natural Sciences: 114 (+30)
    Humanities: 69 (-9)

    Pictured: Hans-Paul Buerkner, president and chief executive officer of Boston Consulting Group
    Photograph by SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
  14. 38. Adidas
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    38. Adidas

    2012 Rank: 35
    Total Employees: 40,168
    Business: Shoes, apparel, sporting goods

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 94 (-5)
    IT: 66 (+17)
    Natural Sciences: 47 (-13)
    Humanities: 60 (-12)
    Photograph by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
  15. 37. Wells Fargo
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    37. Wells Fargo

    2012 Rank: 31
    Total Employees: 274,300
    Business: Financial services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 166 (NC)
    IT: 119 (-34)
    Natural Sciences: 95 (+3)
    Humanities: 67 (+7)
    Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
  16. 36. Coach
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    36. Coach

    2012 Rank: 30
    Total Employees: 6,200
    Business: Leather goods

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: 45 (+1)
    Humanities: 34 (-4)
    Photograph by Mauricio Piffer/Bloomberg
  17. 35. BMW
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    35. BMW

    2012 Rank: 20
    Total Employees: 105,876
    Business: Automobiles

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 13 (NR)
    IT: 54 (NR)
    Natural Sciences: NR
    Humanities: NR
    Photograph by SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
  18. 34. L’Oréal
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    34. L’Oréal

    2012 Rank: 34
    Total Employees: 72,637
    Business: Cosmetics, perfumes

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 74 (+11)
    IT: 65 (+45)
    Natural Sciences: 49 (-2)
    Humanities: 44 (-8)
    Photograph by Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg
  19. 33. LVMH
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    33. LVMH

    2012 Rank: 21
    Total Employees: 106,348
    Business: Luxury goods

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 174 (-49)
    IT: 76 (+28)
    Natural Sciences: 91 (-32)
    Humanities: 40 (-13)
    Photograph by SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
  20. 32. Sony
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    32. Sony

    2012 Rank: 33
    Total Employees: 162,700
    Business: Consumer electronics

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 19 (+12)
    IT: 16 (-6)
    Natural Sciences: 74 (-11)
    Humanities: 28 (+7)
    Photograph by Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
  21. 31. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
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    31. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

    2012 Rank: 29
    Total Employees: 45,000
    Business: Hospitality

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 129 (+19)
    IT: 162 (-14)
    Natural Sciences: 103 (-2)
    Humanities: 46 (-3)
    Photograph by Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images
  22. 30. Bank of America
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    30. Bank of America

    2012 Rank: 18
    Total Employees: 262,812
    Business: Financial services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 165 (NC)
    IT: 95 (-27)
    Natural Sciences: 117 (+5)
    Humanities: 91 (-12)
    Photograph by Robert Caplin for Bloomberg
  23. 29. Marriott
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    29. Marriott

    2012 Rank: 22
    Total Employees: 127,000
    Business: Hospitality

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: 97 (-9)
    Humanities: 47 (-1)
    Photograph by Joanne Cole/Bloomberg
  24. 28. Hilton Hotels
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    28. Hilton Hotels

    2012 Rank: 25
    Total Employees: 7,140
    Business: Hospitality

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: 75 (-9)
    Humanities: 41 (-4)
    Photograph by George Rose/Getty Images
  25. 27. U.S. Treasury Department
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    27. U.S. Treasury Department

    2012 Rank: 23
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: Economic, financial, tax, and fiscal policy

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 170 (-23)
    IT: 56 (-2)
    Natural Sciences: 89 (+10)
    Humanities: 26 (+8)
    Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg
  26. 26. Johnson & Johnson
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    26. Johnson & Johnson

    2012 Rank: 27
    Total Employees: 127,600
    Business: Pharmaceuticals, medical devices

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 21 (-5)
    IT: 84 (-25)
    Natural Sciences: 16 (+1)
    Humanities: 43 (-2)
    Photograph by Scott Ells/Bloomberg
  27. 25. Macy’s
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    25. Macy’s

    2012 Rank: 32
    Total Employees: 175,700
    Business: Department stores

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 194 (+3)
    IT: 98 (+72)
    Natural Sciences: 59 (-9)
    Humanities: 36 (-3)
    Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
  28. 24. CIA
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    24. CIA

    2012 Rank: 26
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: Foreign intelligence

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 18 (+4)
    IT: 15 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: NR
    Humanities: NR
    Photograph by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images
  29. 23. Target
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    23. Target

    2012 Rank: 28
    Total Employees: 361,000
    Business: Retail consumer goods

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 126 (+30)
    IT: 70 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 34 (+3)
    Humanities: 20 (-2)
    Photograph by Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg
  30. 22. U.S. State Department
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    22. U.S. State Department

    2012 Rank: 24
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: Government, international relations

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 72 (-11)
    IT: 18 (+4)
    Natural Sciences: 20 (+1)
    Humanities: 3 (+2)
    Photograph by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  31. 21. Starbucks
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    21. Starbucks

    2012 Rank: 17
    Total Employees: 160,000
    Business: Food and beverages

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 139 (-19)
    IT: 92 (-18)
    Natural Sciences: 28 (+1)
    Humanities: 16 (+1)
    Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg
  32. 20. Procter & Gamble
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    20. Procter & Gamble

    2012 Rank: 19
    Total Employees: 126,000
    Business: Pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, personal care

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 20 (+3)
    IT: 41 (+20)
    Natural Sciences: 39 (+5)
    Humanities: 61 (-8)
    Photograph by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg
  33. 19. H&M
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    19. H&M

    2012 Rank: NR
    Total Employees: 72,276
    Business: Fashion retail

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: NR
    IT: NR
    Natural Sciences: 40 (NR)
    Humanities: 17 (NR)
    Photograph by Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
  34. 18. Facebook
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    18. Facebook

    2012 Rank: 12
    Total Employees: 4,619
    Business: Social network

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 29 (+27)
    IT: 8 (-4)
    Natural Sciences: 35 (-4)
    Humanities: 13 (-2)
    Photograph by Zef Nikolla/Facebook via Bloomberg
  35. 17. Morgan Stanley
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    17. Morgan Stanley

    2012 Rank: 15
    Total Employees: 55,289
    Business: Financial services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 122 (+1)
    IT: 86 (-22)
    Natural Sciences: 123 (-19)
    Humanities: 87 (-9)
    Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
  36. 16. NBCUniversal
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    16. NBCUniversal

    2012 Rank: NR
    Total Employees: NA
    Business: Media, entertainment, and programming

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 171 (NR)
    IT: 39 (NR)
    Natural Sciences: 85 (NR)
    Humanities: 10 (NR)
    Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
  37. 15. Nordstrom
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    15. Nordstrom

    2012 Rank: NR
    Total Employees: 61,000
    Business: Department stores

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 169 (NR)
    IT: 164 (NR)
    Natural Sciences: 46 (NR)
    Humanities: 22 (NR)
    Photograph by Emily Harris/Bloomberg
  38. 14. Amazon
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    14. Amazon

    2012 Rank: 16
    Total Employees: 88,400
    Business: Retail consumer goods

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 28 (+39)
    IT: 5 (+1)
    Natural Sciences: NR
    Humanities: NR
    Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
  39. 13. FBI
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    13. FBI

    2012 Rank: 13
    Total Employees: 36,074
    Business: Law enforcement

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 25 (+1)
    IT: 12 (-1)
    Natural Sciences: 10 (+1)
    Humanities: 6 (+2)
    Photograph by Jim Watason/AFP via Getty Images
  40. 12. Coca-Cola
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    12. Coca-Cola

    2012 Rank: 11
    Total Employees: 150,900
    Business: Soft drinks

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 70 (-16)
    IT: 49 (-10)
    Natural Sciences: 42 (NC)
    Humanities: 25 (+1)
    Photograph by Amy Sussman/Getty Images
  41. 11. Microsoft
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    11. Microsoft

    2012 Rank: 14
    Total Employees: 94,000
    Business: Software and computer technology

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 5 (+6)
    IT: 2 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 23 (+4)
    Humanities: 18 (+3)
    Photograph by Boris Horvat/AFP via Getty Images
  42. 10. KPMG LLP
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    10. KPMG LLP

    2012 Rank: 10
    Total Employees: 145,000
    Business: Audit, tax, and advisory services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 192 (-18)
    IT: 67 (-11)
    Natural Sciences: 195 (-20)
    Humanities: 171 (-35)
    Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
  43. 9. Goldman Sachs
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    9. Goldman Sachs

    2012 Rank: 9
    Total Employees: 32,000
    Business: Financial services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 64 (+15)
    IT: 34 (+4)
    Natural Sciences: 93 (-1)
    Humanities: 57 (-7)
    Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg
  44. 8. PricewaterhouseCoopers
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    8. PricewaterhouseCoopers

    2012 Rank: 8
    Total Employees: 38,935
    Business: Accounting, tax, and advisory services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 159 (-6)
    IT: 38 (+4)
    Natural Sciences: 177 (-6)
    Humanities: 126 (+5)
    Photograph by Norm Betts/Bloomberg
  45. 7. Deloitte
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    7. Deloitte

    2012 Rank: 5
    Total Employees: 45,730
    Business: Audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 103 (-21)
    IT: 28 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 118 (+1)
    Humanities: 78 (-15)
    Photograph by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times via Redux
  46. 6. J.P. Morgan
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    6. J.P. Morgan

    2012 Rank: 6
    Total Employees: 255,898
    Business: Financial services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 66 (+21)
    IT: 33 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 73 (-19)
    Humanities: 49 (-7)
    Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg
  47. 5. Nike
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    5. Nike

    2012 Rank: 7
    Total Employees: 44,000
    Business: Footwear, apparel, sports equipment

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 27 (+3)
    IT: 25 (+10)
    Natural Sciences: 13 (-1)
    Humanities: 12 (+2)
    Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
  48. 4. Ernst & Young
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    4. Ernst & Young

    2012 Rank: 4
    Total Employees: 27,000
    Business: Advisory, audit, tax, transaction services

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 141 (-5)
    IT: 27 (+21)
    Natural Sciences: 144 (-1)
    Humanities: 80 (+6)
    Photograph by Ian Langsdon/EPA/Landov
  49. 3. Apple
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    3. Apple

    2012 Rank: 2
    Total Employees: 72,800
    Business: Technology and computers

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 4 (+2)
    IT: 3 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 12 (-2)
    Humanities: 8 (-2)
    Photograph by Daniel Barry/Getty Images
  50. 2. Walt Disney
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    2. Walt Disney

    2012 Rank: 3
    Total Employees: 166,000
    Business: Media and entertainment

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 8 (+1)
    IT: 10 (-1)
    Natural Sciences: 8 (-3)
    Humanities: 1 (NC)
    Photograph by Todd Anderson/Disney via Getty Images
  51. 1. Google
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    1. Google

    2012 Rank: 1
    Total Employees: 53,861
    Business: Internet search and online advertising

    Rank by Field of Study
    Engineering: 2 (+2)
    IT: 1 (NC)
    Natural Sciences: 5 (+3)
    Humanities: 4 (NC)
    Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images