Though the economy has been dismal in recent years and unemployment has soared, not every industry has suffered equally. Some sectors continue to need an influx of new talent to meet the increasing demand. Though the financial sector was at the epicenter of—and largely to blame for—the most recent financial meltdown, it's starting to recover. The M.B.A. hiring outlook is promising this year and some careers are very much in demand despite the economic tumult on Wall Street. Below are three jobs that made U.S. News's list of America's Best Careers in 2010 and information on the top graduate programs to prepare you for a successful career.
U.S. News's best graduate accounting programs:
1. University of Texas—Austin McCombs School of Business—Austin. Given that McCombs is the top-ranked program, it's no surprise that accounting students at McCombs are recruited by more than 200 firms every year.
2. University of Pennsylvania Wharton School—Philadelphia. Many of Wharton's graduate accounting students have a double major in finance and 10 percent of all Wharton M.B.A.'s tailor their degrees to their own personal interests. .
3. University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Accounting students at Booth can chose from a diverse course offering, taking classes ranging from capital markets, economics, and taxation research.
[See our complete rankings of the top accounting programs.]
U.S. News's best finance programs:
1. University of Pennsylvania Wharton School—Philadelphia. Attending the top program comes with perks, but also a hefty price tag. Tuition, fees, and living expenses will total $84,700 for students in the 2010/2011 school year.
2. University of Chicago Booth School of Business—Getting in is no simple task. Last year's incoming students had an average of five years of work experience and a 714 GMAT score.
3. New York University Stern School of Business—Finance students get real-world experience. They are allowed the opportunity to help manage the school's $1.5 million Michael Price Student Investment Fund.
[See our complete rankings of the top finance programs.]
U.S. News's best graduate supply chain/logistics programs:
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management—Cambridge, Mass. The logistics program lasts only nine months, but requires students to complete seven core courses, 18 hours of electives, and a master's thesis.
2. Michigan State University Broad Graduate School of Management—East Lansing, Mich. Three areas of study are available to students in the program: logistics management, operations management, and procurement/sourcing strategy.
3. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University—Pittsburgh. Tepper, known for being ahead of the curve technologically, was the first business school in the nation to provide schoolwide wireless internet access for students.
[See our complete rankings of the top supply chain/logistics programs.]