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States with business schools

How will your business education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the business education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 3,589 traditional business schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had business programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 606,336 students graduated from business programs in 2010. Of these students, 35,715 graduated from certificate programs in business, 412,252 graduated from undergraduate programs in business, and 158,369 graduated from graduate-level programs in business.


Students can pursue education in business at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Business
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business
  • Master's Degree in Business
  • Doctoral Degree in Business
  • Certificate in Business

Business students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their business degree:

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • English
  • Marketing
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Economics


In 2010, business schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $26,914 per year. The business schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The business schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your business job compare?

Business majors in the US can go into a variety of professions such as chief executive officer, operations manager, business professor, accountant, or budget analyst. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 5,510,760 business professionals were working in the US. 536,310 of these business professionals were business analysts, 273,500 were chief executive officers and 1,708,080 were operations managers. The following states have the largest number of business professionals:

  1. California - 673,300 Business Professionals
  2. Texas - 417,760 Business Professionals
  3. New York - 415,670 Business Professionals

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of business professionals is expected to grow by 12% by 2018. There are projected to be 7,039,400 business professionals working in the US then. Of these 7,039,400 business professionals, the government predicts that 22,110 will become business analysts, will become chief executive officers, and 31,080 will become operations managers. The number of business professionals is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 25%
  2. Virginia - 20%
  3. Nebraska - 20%


In the US, business professionals earn on average $80,682 per year. However, the salary for business professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact business profession you pursue but also on factors such as education, experience, and your employer. Salaries for business professionals range from less than $15,670 per year to more than $166,360 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for business professionals:

  1. New York - $106,553 per year
  2. Connecticut - $100,158 per year
  3. New Jersey - $99,813 per year

business professionals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Mississippi - $62,029 per year
  2. Wyoming - $62,387 per year
  3. Montana - $65,149 per year

On average the highest paid business professionals were:

  1. Chief Executive Officer - $173,350 per year
  2. Financial Manager - $116,970 per year
  3. Operations Manager - $113,100 per year

The business professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Insurance Underwriter - $65,220 per year
  2. Cost Estimator - $62,060 per year
  3. Credit Counselor - $41,700 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
General and Operations Managers 1,708,080 $113,100 2.7%
Accountants and Auditors 1,072,490 $68,960 2.0%
Management Analysts 536,310 $87,260 21.6%
Financial Managers 478,940 $116,970 1.5%
Loan Officers 283,330 $65,900 -14.8%
Chief Executives 273,500 $173,350 -14.9%
Administrative Services Managers 240,320 $84,390 0.4%
Financial Analysts 220,810 $86,040 22.1%
Cost Estimators 183,790 $62,060 -10.1%
Personal Financial Advisors 155,360 $91,220 43.0%
Insurance Underwriters 95,350 $65,220 -3.7%
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 79,070 $85,470 17.3%
Human Resources Managers 67,700 $108,600
Budget Analysts 58,290 $70,660 8.9%
Credit Counselors 29,560 $41,700 5.5%
Financial Examiners 27,860 $82,320 25.7%