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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 Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix28.9%
Michigan State University5.3%
Pennsylvania State University4.3%
West Virginia University3.9%
Southern New Hampshire University3.7%
Florida State University3.5%
University of Central Florida3.5%
Ohio State University3.3%
American InterContinental University3.2%
Arizona State University3.1%
University of Southern Mississippi3.1%
University of Alabama3.0%
University of Arizona3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Finacial Managers, Branch or Department||Pricewaterhousecoopers||San Francisco, CA||Aug 01, 2011||$200,000|
|General Property Facultative Branch Manager||General Reinsurance Corporation||Addison, TX||Mar 17, 2014||$164,800|
|Branch Manager||Kintetsu World Express (U.S.A.), Inc.||Romulus, MI||May 04, 2015||$146,016|
|Branch Manager||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Oct 02, 2016||$129,800 -
|Branch Manager-Technical Sales Director||EONE Integrated Buisness Solutions||Fargo, ND||Mar 01, 2013||$125,000|
|Branch Manager||Trans-Trade, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Feb 01, 2011||$120,000|
|Branch Manager||General Reinsurance Corp.||Columbus, OH||Sep 28, 2011||$120,000|
|Branch Manager||Redox, Inc.||Carson, CA||Dec 15, 2016||$113,750|
|Branch Manager||Powertrans Freight Systems, Inc.||NY||Jan 22, 2016||$110,611|
|Branch Manager (Financial Center Manager)||Citibank, N.A.||New York, NY||May 05, 2011||$110,000|
|Branch Manager||Del Corona & Scardigli Usa||Houston, TX||Dec 12, 2016||$106,725|
|Branch Manager||Redox, Inc.||Carson, CA||Jan 15, 2015||$105,000|
|Branch Manager/Arborist||Nature's Trees Inc.||Buchanan, NY||Sep 27, 2013||$101,225|
|Branch Manager||Spicy World IV, LLC||Piscataway, NJ||May 15, 2012||$71,000|
|JR. Branch Manager (Civil Engineer II)||CTI Consultants, Inc.||Ashland, VA||Sep 30, 2012||$70,000|
|Branch Manager||Testex Inc.||Mishawaka, IN||May 22, 2012||$70,000|
|Branch Manager||GFA, Inc.||Port Wentworth, GA||Nov 01, 2014||$70,000|
|Branch Manager||GFA, Inc.||Bessemer, AL||Sep 03, 2014||$70,000|
|Branch Manager||GFA, Inc.||Bessemer, AL||Sep 20, 2014||$70,000|
|Branch Manager||The Columbia Bank||Rockville, MD||Jun 01, 2012||$68,533|
|Branch Manager||Gogri Bros. Inc.||Providence, RI||Dec 09, 2016||$55,099|
|Branch Manager||Enterprise Holdings||Coconut Creek, FL||Dec 17, 2012||$55,000|
|Branch Manager||MSE Express America, Inc.||Forest Park, GA||Sep 02, 2014||$54,720|
|Branch Manager||MSE Express America, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 02, 2015||$54,101|
|Branch Manager||MSE Express America, Inc.||Forest Park, GA||Sep 02, 2013||$54,000|
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