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Accelerated Online MBA Careers and Salary Comparison

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (, nearly nine in 10 companies in the U.S. planned to hire MBA graduates in 2017.1

The accelerated online MBA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota gives you the foundation to understand, analyze, and communicate economic, financial, and ethical aspects of business, as well as develop leadership and interpersonal skills. From human resources to finance, marketing to business management, these versatile skills and knowledge prepare you for success in any organization. Simply put, an MBA prepares you for a leadership role not matter what your industry.

Follow a Traditional MBA Career Path

When you earn a general MBA, your career outlook and earning potential are strong. Having an MBA will put you at the top of the applicant pool because hiring managers know you have exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills.

In fact, employers prefer and sometimes require job candidates have an MBA to be considered for top-earning roles like these:

Chief Executive Officer

Median salary, 2016: $181,210 2 

Projected job growth by 2026: 8 percent

Management Analyst

Median annual salary, 2016: $81,330 3

Projected job growth by 2026: 14 percent

Personal Financial Advisor

Median annual salary, 2016: $90,530 4

Projected job growth by 2026: 15 percent

Focus Your Studies in Areas of Growing Demand

Our online MBA program offers the unique opportunity to focus your studies in areas that have a significant influence on business today, positioning you for a variety of roles.

Social Media and Marketing Manager

Demand for marketing managers, as well as public relations managers and social media managers, is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that public relations jobs, including social media managers, will increase 10 percent by 2026 as businesses work to maintain and expand their market share.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for marketing managers was $131,180 in 2016.5 The same year, the median annual wage for public relations managers was $107,320.6

While social media managers are expected to earn an average of $54,238 in 2018, according to Glassdoor.com7, social media knowledge is increasingly important for marketing manager positions — roles that typically go to MBA candidates.

Equipped with an online MBA from Saint Mary’s, you’ll be prepared to excel in all of these career paths.

Define yourself as a leader in the marketing and public relations with a focused MBA. You’ll move your resume to the top of the pile for key roles, including:

  • Brand Communications Director
  • Director of Corporate Communications
  • PR Manager
  • Director, External Affairs

Data Analyst 

In the era of Big Data, professionals need to be able to analyze and interpret data, as well as provide insight to shape business strategy and decision-making.

In 2018, the national average salary for a data analyst is $65,470 in United States, according When you focus your studies on data analytics with a Saint Mary’s MBA, you’ll increase your earning potential and advancement opportunities.

An MBA focused on data analysis will qualify you for numerous roles, including:

  • Analytics and MIS Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Category Analytics Manager

Environmental Compliance Manager

Make the world a better place by leading your company’s efforts to differentiate the assumptions and values of sustainability compared to conventional business practice.

In 2015, Glassdoor found that Environmental Compliance Managers earned an average of more than $79,018 with additional compensation that had the potential to drive that figure above $100,000.9

With an MBA focused on environmental management, you’ll be ready to lead corporate sustainability initiatives or apply the legal and ethical environmental concepts you’ve learned across a variety of industries.

You’ll be qualified for numerous roles, including:

  • Environmental Compliance Consultant
  • Compliance Manager
  • Operations Manager

When you graduate with a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, you’ll graduate prepared to excel in high-growth positions, ready to put to work the ethical leadership and decision-making skills today’s employers seek.

Discover how an online accelerated MBA from Saint Mary’s can help you advance in your business career. Contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954 or request more information.