Banking is still the career of choice for a plurality of MBA students – but the percentage of those choosing it remains down from its peak.
The financial training provider Training the Street has been surveying MBA students since 2010 on which type of firm would be their preferred employer.
This year, 26.28% of students surveyed chose large bulge-bracket banks or global financial institutions – down from 37.5% in 2010 but up slightly from 25.26% last year.
- Andy Kiersz/Business Insider
The percentage of respondents interested in working in private equity also declined for several years before picking up slightly since 2014. It came in at 13.65%, down from 18.4% in 2010.
Startup companies have gained in relative popularity since Training the Street added them to the survey as an option in 2012; 7.17% of respondents chose startups, up from 5.5% in 2012.
Most of the finance- and Wall Street-related career options saw a drop-off in popularity in 2014. That coincided with an increase in popularity in other types of firms, including “corporate development within a Fortune 2000 company” and, more significantly, consulting firms.