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Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience.Education
Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.
Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.
Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.
Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.
Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.
Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.
Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.
Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.
Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.
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Hispanic or Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.7%
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West Virginia University8.3%
University of Phoenix6.3%
Michigan State University6.3%
University of North Carolina at Wilmington6.3%
Indiana Wesleyan University6.3%
Saint Joseph's University4.2%
University of Bridgeport4.2%
Pierpont Community and Technical College4.2%
Pennsylvania State University4.2%
Seton Hall University4.2%
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities4.2%
Western Washington University4.2%
University of Southern California4.2%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte4.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate Manager, Sales Technical Operations||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$129,300|
|Associate Manager, CRM Operations||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 06, 2016||$119,565|
|Associate Manager, CRM Operations||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 18, 2016||$95,800|
|Associate Manager, CRM Operations||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$93,500|
|Associate Manager, Ad Serving Operations||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 10, 2009||$89,500|
|Associate, Implementation Manager, Bus OPS||Blackrock Investment Management LLC||New York, NY||May 25, 2016||$88,500|
|Associate Team Manager, PVO OPS||Parexel International||Billerica, MA||Mar 10, 2016||$88,092|
|Associate Manager, Sales Analytics & Operations||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Feb 29, 2016||$85,862 -
|Associate Manager, Application Operation||Forever 21, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$85,000|
|Associate Manager, Application Operation||Forever 21, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$83,000|
|Associate Manager Analytics & Operations||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Jul 06, 2015||$82,534 -
|Associate Manager, Regional Operations||Mead Johnson & Company, LLC||Glenview, IL||Sep 21, 2012||$82,514 -
|Associate Manager, Operations||Walmart.Com||San Bruno, CA||Sep 02, 2012||$77,129|
|Associate Quality Manager SMB Operations||Stryker Medical, A Division of Stryker Corporation||Orchard Park, NY||Nov 16, 2011||$76,300|
|Associate Manager-Operations||UST Global Inc.||Maumee, OH||Jun 20, 2015||$75,691|
|Associate Manager, Operations||Neostrata||Princeton, NJ||Jan 01, 2010||$75,000|
|Associate Manager, Fund Operations||PGIM, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||May 09, 2016||$73,700 -
|Associate Manager Operations-PMO||UST Global Inc.||Bentonville, AR||Sep 11, 2013||$68,000 -
|Associate Manager-Operations||UST Global Inc.||Moon, PA||Sep 15, 2015||$65,500|
|Associate Manager-Operations||UST Global Inc.||Allen, TX||Aug 26, 2015||$64,480|
|Associate Manager-Operations||UST Global Inc.||Coraopolis, PA||Sep 15, 2015||$64,480|
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