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Why do I need an MBA in California?

Depending on whose index you use, California’s economy is larger than all but six to eight nations on the planet.  Everyone agrees that the state’s gross annual product is in the $1.5 trillion range. This money needs to be managed, employees need to have direction and companies need leaders and marketing creativity from California MBA graduates.

On the industrial front, the technology companies (Attn! California MBAs in Technology Management) – hardware and software – are scattered through the state’s top fifty employers.  Oracle has 12,000 workers in its Redwood City headquarters, while Hewlett Packard is headquartered in Palo Alto and has a huge production facility in Roseville.  Cisco Systems in San Jose and Applied Materials in Santa Clara employ almost 20,000 between them.

It is pertinent to those considering an MBA in California to understand all of these companies are in transformation, as the “information economy” continues to evolve.  Cisco is busy developing a presence in the consumer product space.  Oracle has been on an acquisition binge, striving to expand its database product suite into the CRM (customer relations management) market.  Hewlett Packard is certainly in need of some innovative marketing and product integration as it is still trying to recover from its acquisition of Compaq. 

Whether it’s Oracle in the B2B segment, Cisco emerging into the consumer market or HP trying to match product lines with consumer expectations – each company is morphing into a newer, more complex organization.  Each presents opportunities for California MBA grads to employ their training in management; leadership; how organizations work; and how the communications economy and markets function.

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MBA Career Salaries in California*

  • Financial Analyst salaries in California:
    • Bakersfield - $68,490
    • Los Angeles - $78,830
    • Oakland - $85,070
    • Sacramento - $70,740
    • Salinas - $96,350
    • San Diego - $60,080
    • San Francisco - $97,130
    • San Jose - $80,760
    • Santa Rosa - $97,840
    • Vallejo - $76,340

  • Human Resource Manager salaries in California :
    • Bakersfield - $91,650
    • Fresno - $86,430
    • Los Angeles - $102,270
    • Modesto - $93,940
    • Oakland - $110,630
    • Riverside - $78,870
    • Sacramento - $83,410
    • San Diego - $93,800
    • San Francisco - $122,170
    • San Jose - $131,340
    • Santa Rosa - $97,910
    • Stockton - $102,890

  • Marketing Manager salaries in California :
    • Bakersfield - $91,140
    • Fresno - $78,410
    • Los Angeles - $111,030
    • Modesto - $74,030
    • Napa - $110,840
    • Oakland - $121,310
    • Redding - $75,220
    • Riverside - $97,510
    • Sacramento - $96,370
    • Salinas - $104,910
    • San Diego - $112,180
    • San Francisco - $127,030
    • San Jose - $139,200
    • Santa Barbara - $102,300
    • Santa Cruz - $81,160
    • Santa Rosa - $120,150
    • Stockton - $76,450
    • Visalia - $88,000

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* BLS California business career mean salary statistics 2005