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10 most popular MBA specialisations with job profiles & top recruiters

Most MBA colleges offer specialisation in the second year of MBA programme. And selecting this specialisation is one of the most important aspect for the MBA student.
A lot of questions hover their mind. Which is the best MBA specialisation? Which specialisation will suit my skillset? What will be my salary package? Which companies hire from a particular specialisation? What are the career options after completing any particular specialisation? And a lot more.
To begin with, there’s a huge pool of specialisation to choose from. Operations Management, Human Resource Management, Telecom Management, Finance Management, Infrastructure and Real Estate Management, Oil and Gas Management, Energy Management, Entrepreneurship Management, Retail Management—are just a few names. Keeping all the above queries in mind, Shiksha.com has collated information from various verified sources. Below, we have listed the profiles offered, top recruiters and top colleges of the most popular specialisations chosen by MBA students:

1. Sales and Marketing
MBA in Sales and Marketing is the oldest and an all-time favorite specialisation of MBA students. With high demands and increased consumption of various products, it is important to take care of availability across the country. This process is managed and organised by Sales & Marketing professionals.
These students must have excellent communication skills. Also they must be creative and should be able to influence people with their thinking.

Profiles offered-
• Sale and distribution of products as Area Sales Managers
• Marketing Managers
• Brand Managers
• Jobs related to supply chain
• Marketing strategy
• Market research
• Branding logistics.
Top colleges – Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, to name a few.
Top recruiters- Airtel (Bharti Telecom), HDFC Bank, Reliance Communications, IDEA Cellular, ICICI Bank, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Essar, Hindustan Unilever (HLL), ITC Limited, Tata Motors, IndiaMART InterMESH, etc.

2. Finance
Financial is the backbone of any economy. Based on placement data from top colleges, it has been observed that Finance is one of the highest paying specialisations in India. Holding its position amongst the oldest existing specialisations, Finance is still a hot option amongst MBA students. Students choosing this specialisation are required to have a thorough understanding and information of financial world.

Profiles offered-
• Investment Banking Associates
• Management Consultants
• Treasurers
• Finance Officers
• Analyst
• Equity researcher
• Credit Managers
• Jobs related to the capital market
• Jobs in banking sector
• Jobs in finance department of companies.
Top colleges- IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, Indian School of Business, IIM Lucknow, IIM Bangalore, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai and many more.
Top recruiters- HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Genpact (GECIS), Deutsche Bank, Infosys Technologies, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Cognizant Technologies Solutions, Accenture Services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Thomson Reuters, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

3. Operations
Dealing with production in an organization, students opting for Operations in MBA take care of raw material, quality control, supply chain management, logistics, production planning, inventory control, improvement, and much more. That means, beginning with the position of a Product Manager, one has to take care of everything, including dealing with vendors to negotiating the best price.

Job Profiles:
• Jobs in Supply Chain Management
• Product Planning
• Inventory Management
• Production Management Logistics
• Shop Floor Management
• Quality Control
• Plant Manager
Top colleges- S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Indore, Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) and many more.
Top recruiters- Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, ITC Limited, Mahindra and Mahindra, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co., Asian Paints, Bharat Forge, Hindustan Unilever (HLL), UltraTech Cement, Gati, Larsen & Toubro(L&T), Cadbury, Cummins to name a few.

4. Human Resource (HR)
One of the most lucrative, distinctive and trickiest job, HR professionals work hard to get best employees for a company. HR professionals have to handle everything from selecting, procuring, deciding compensation, employee development, employee training, job analysis, and everything related to a company’s resources. Not only this, but it is the responsibility of the HR to fulfil the objective of the company while fulfilling the personal objectives of the employees.

Job profiles-
• HR analyst
• HR manager
• HR executives
• HR Administration profiles
• Employee relation officers
Top colleges- Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Management Development Institute (MDI), Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune, International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi, SVKMs NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), FORE School of Management, New Delhi, Goa Institute of Management (GIM), T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal (TAPMI), Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), and many more.
Top recruiters- Infosys Technologies, Wipro Technologies, Accenture Services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL Technologies, IBM Global Services, Capgemini, Cognizant Technologies Solutions, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Reliance Industries, Magna Infotech, Adecco PeopleOne, Future Group, Tata Motors, Randstad, TeamLease Services, ICICI Bank, etc.
5. Information Technology (IT)
In the era of tech world, no business or service can function without the support of Information Technology. IT is a part of our daily lives in one or other way. For a successful and long run of a business, it is necessary to receive a strong support from the IT world. The bigger the business, the bigger the role IT department plays. To handle such a critical and important department, MBA professionals are taught about technology management. This specialisations aims to produce professionals who can handle information and communication technologies of a company.
Job profiles-
• IT project manager
• IT support Systems analyst
• Business Analyst
• Pre-Sales or Business Development Manager
• Technician
• Web content manager
• IT security coordinator,
• Web designer
• Web editor
• Software Developer
• Web developer
• Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Top colleges- Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, etc.
Top recruiters- Cognizant, Deloitte, Wipro, HCL Technologies, KPMG, ICICI Bank, and many more.

6. Advertising and Mass Communication
An amalgam of media and management studies, MBA in Advertising offers creative profiles. The programme is offered by top institutes across the country. Students studying the programme can expect a lucrative salary after the programme.
Job profiles-
• Account Planner
• Client Servicing
• Account Management
• Corporate Communications
• Public Relations Officer
• Media Planning & Buying
• Brand Manager
• Copywriter
• Content Marketing
• Digital Marketing Manager
• Advertising Manager
• Marketing Manager
Top colleges- IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Bangalore, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), IIM Kozhikode, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Indore, Management Development Institute (MDI), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), etc.
Top recruiters- ICICI Bank, Reliance Communications, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries, IBM Global Services, Axis Bank, IDEA Cellular, Tata Motors, Cipla, Dainik Bhaskar, Tata Teleservices, to name a few.
7. MBA in Agri-Business Management (ABM)
Food & agribusiness management (and other allied sectors), students learn about management process in the field of food and agribusiness. MBA programme in Agri-Business Management (ABM) offered by various renowned colleges.
Job profiles-
• Agricultural business managers
• Marketing manager – Agribusiness
• Flour mill manager
• Research Analyst – Agricultural commodities
• Agricultural loan officer
• Agricultural Officer
• Grain merchandiser, etc.
Top colleges- Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Indian Institute of Forest Management, etc.
Top recruiters- Godrej Agrovet, Gujarat State Fertilizer & Chemicals Limited (GSFC), Kirloskar Oil India Limited, Naga Industries, Escorts, Gati-KWE, I-Prof, Mondelez International, SH Group, and many more.

8. MBA in Retail
Popular amongst students these days, MBA in Retail Management deals with retail section such as producing goods and selling them at reasonable price to consumers. The process deals in designing of goods, delivery, selling, and post delivery services. The retail manager is required to take care of everything related to a product. It is his duty to produce a good, availability of the product, stocks in the market, human resource, etc.
Job profiles-
• Visual Merchandisers
• Department Managers
• Merchandising Assistant
• Management Trainees
• Buyer Trainee Supply Chain Distributors
• Sales Executive
• Assistant Store Managers
• Marketing Executive, etc.
Top colleges- Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management and many more.
Top recruiters- Pantaloons, Westside, Lifestyle, Shopper’s Stop, Crossword, RPG Retail, Globus, Wills Lifestyle, Piramals, Ebony Retail Holdings, to name a few.

9. MBA in Supply Chain Management
Students in this programme are taught about management of supply and handling the supply chain of a company. A supply chain manager has to take care of the dense network of suppliers of a firm. They also have to deal with the associated customers of that company. The supply, store, transportation and supply chain of the products have to be taken care by the supply chain manager.
Job profiles-
• Materials Scheduler
• Materials Analyst/Manager
• Production Analyst/Manager,
• Procurement Analyst
• Purchasing Manager
• Logistics Analyst/Manager
• Process Engineer
• Supply Chain Analyst
• Supply Chain Systems Manager
• Supply Chain Manager
• Transportation Manager
• Fleet Manager
• Inventory Specialist, etc.
Top colleges- Institute of Logistics & Aviation Management, Bangalore, School of Business Studies – Sharda University, Greater Noida, Annex College of Management Studies, Kolkata, Institute of Logistics & Aviation Management, Mumbai, City School of Social & Managerial Sciences, Anna Nagar, Chennai to name a few.
Top Recruiters- Accenture India, Genpact India, Reliance Technologies and Business Services, Accenture Malaysia, HCL India, Shalina Healthcare ME, Accenture Singapore, i2 Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Sharaf Logistics, African & Eastern ME, Idea Cellular Ltd. India, Singapore Air Terminal Services, etc.

10. MBA in Entrepreneurship
MBA in Entrepreneurship is the new choice for recruiters to pick their talent for the company. Students from MBA in entrepreneurship can not only choose to start their own venture but can also choose to good profiles with start-ups. According to Topmba.com, “While seemingly paradoxical, MBA employers are increasingly placing an emphasis on the entrepreneurial talents of their new hires.” Employers appreciate student who can take risk and survive tough economic times. Education qualification is must for business managers and business owners as well. Thus, the programme aims at developing desired knowledge in students through theory and practical.
Job profiles- Besides from taking up your own start-up students can also choose from profiles such as management analyst or Business consultant.
Top colleges- Unitedworld School of Business, Kolkata, M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon to list a few.
Top recruiters- Deloitte Digital, Amazon, American Express, Uber, WPP, to name a few