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.

Source: LinkedIn membership data

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.

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.

Wharton MBAs: Where They Work & What They Do


Company LinkedIn Members Industry LinkedIn Members
McKinsey & Co. 397 Finance 7,025
Goldman Sachs 348 Business Development 2,954
University of Penn 324 Consulting 2,793
Citicorp 307 Entrepreneur 2,698
Morgan Stanley 282 Marketing 2,244
Boston Consulting Group 276 Sales 1,802
Merrill Lynch 237 Administrative 1,707
J.P. Morgan 227 Operations 1,407
Bain & Co. 215 Information Technology 1,264
Deloitte 214 Product 876
IBM 205 Human Resources 805
Microsoft 205 Legal 744
Credit Suisse 193 Engineering 714
Google 193 Public Relations 645
Accenture 156 Creative 633
American Express 151 Accounting 484
JPMorgan Chase 148 Medical 417
Wells Fargo 146 Support 377
Johnson & Johnson 137 Real Estate 188
Morgan Stanley Wealth 137 Buyer  151
Deutsche Bank 134
Barclays Capital 132
Pwc 126

Source: December 2012 LinkedIn membership data

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