MBA Good Degree Choice for Political Candidates

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Having an MBA benefits both successful and unsuccessful political candidates this election season. Contemporary politics call for leadership skills and decision-making abilities and more legislators have MBAs. For those candidates who don't make the cut this fall, a feature article projects a rapidly expanding job market for MBA professionals.

Though the majority of America's politicians are highly educated, a recent feature reveals why the MBA is the best choice for this election season's political candidates--for the winners and the losers. The MBA is becoming a more popular degree among current politicians. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers good news about job prospects to unsuccessful candidates who have MBAs.

President Bush, the first president to hold an MBA, has received considerable attention for this accomplishment, as recently mentioned in a feature article on, the world's premier online directory of education. The article, part of new Business Career Education Center, claims that the business of America is business, and the job market favors MBA graduates, especially experts in finance or management analysis (

Of the current administration's 16 cabinet and five cabinet-rank officials, 15 have advanced degrees, including two MBAs, three doctorates, and six law degrees. Though business school is not as common as law school among politicians, considerably more officials tout the MBA in their qualifications. Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota both have MBAs, as does the state's governor John Hoeven.

Financial analysts, marketing professionals, sales managers will continue to be in high demand because of the growing economy that serves baby boomers. According to, financial advisors will experience a 35 percent job growth rate through 2012. Salaries are "well into the six figures," with chartered financial consultants and certified financial planners earning more. Management analysts will also be in high demand at a high salary--$317,339 for senior consulting partners. Comparatively, members of Congress earned $162,100 in 2005.

For up-and-coming politicians, one possible MBA specialty is leadership, a quality often valued in politics. MBA courses in leadership focus on specific leadership issues and theories, as well as problem-solving and contemporary problems. ( ( is the world's premier directory of education, featuring informative resources, more than 2,500 online courses, over 1,600 online degree programs, 200 online universities, and 2,300 campus-based career college programs. receives thousands of visitors each day and has been featured on


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