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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.
Hispanic or Latino9.8%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix19.6%
New York University6.7%
University of Southern California5.5%
University of Texas at Austin4.5%
Michigan State University4.3%
George Washington University4.3%
Arizona State University4.1%
University of Houston3.8%
University of Arizona3.7%
Florida State University3.6%
University of California - Los Angeles3.6%
Georgia State University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Chief Executive Officer (CEO)||LNG Management Services LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 22, 2015||$691,508 -
|Chairman of The Board and Chief Executive Officer||Ipsco Tubulars, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 13, 2017||$600,000 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Us Property Management, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 09, 2010||$420,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Greatpoint Energy Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 23, 2010||$350,000|
|Chief Executive Officer, E&C Upstream Oil and Gas||Foster Wheeler USA Corporation||Houston, TX||Oct 31, 2012||$328,960|
|Chief Executive Officer, E&C Upstream Oil & Gas||Foster Wheeler USA Corporation||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2009||$320,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Ingrain, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 30, 2014||$290,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Ingrain, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 16, 2012||$290,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Na Molten Consulting Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 17, 2011||$250,000|
|Chief Executive||IRC Risk and Safety, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 21, 2010||$250,000 -
|Chief Executive Officer||ESI Energy Services International, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 15, 2016||$250,000|
|Chief Executives||Tanner Companies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 15, 2009||$250,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Troika Andover I LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 11, 2013||$250,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||CBC Hive USA Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 17, 2014||$250,000|
|Chief Executives||Archer Management (Us) LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 29, 2012||$242,216|
|Chief Executives||International Sos Assistance, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 23, 2013||$242,216|
|Chief Executives||Serimax North America LLC||Houston, TX||Feb 20, 2008||$230,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||HTX Solutions LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 26, 2017||$228,946 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Hydrx Solutions LLC||Houston, TX||Feb 15, 2016||$228,946 -
|CEO||Produced Water Absorbents, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 09, 2015||$226,283|
|Chief Executives||Apache Corporation||Houston, TX||Mar 16, 2011||$225,000|
|Group Chief Executive Officer||CBC Hive USA Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 17, 2013||$213,000|
|Chief Executive||Shell Oil Company||Houston, TX||Nov 02, 2009||$211,266|
|Chief Executive Officer||Oscomp Systems Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 01, 2013||$205,000|
|Chief Executives||Layher, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 20, 2011||$202,000|
|Chief Executives||ABSG Consulting||Houston, TX||May 25, 2012||$201,740 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Entrada Group, LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 08, 2015||$200,000|
|Chief Executives||CBRE, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 13, 2013||$200,000|
|Chief Executives||Jefferies & Company||Houston, TX||Jan 10, 2012||$200,000|
|Chief Executives||Steege Kingston Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 03, 2008||$197,995|
|Chief Executive Officer||Fortis Alliance, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 22, 2010||$194,697|
|Chief Executives||Omega Project Solutions, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 16, 2014||$187,199|
|Chief Executives||CDL, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 18, 2014||$187,199|
|Chief Executives||Hildebrando Services Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 25, 2014||$187,199|
|CEO||Energyiq Consulting, LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2013||$185,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Lexinnova Technologies, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 15, 2015||$180,000|
|Chief Executives||Cargoways LLC||Houston, TX||Mar 31, 2011||$180,000|
|Chief Executives||Fortis Alliance LLC||Houston, TX||Apr 02, 2010||$180,000|
|Chief Executive||Neste Oil Us, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 11, 2011||$170,000 -
|Chief Executives||Prime Natural Resources, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 26, 2011||$166,400 -
|Chief Executives||Murphy's Deli Franchising Inc.||Houston, TX||May 20, 2013||$166,400|
|Chief Executives||Seacor Marine LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 30, 2008||$164,403|
|Chief Executives||Conocophillips Company||Houston, TX||Dec 12, 2007||$164,403|
|Chief Executives||Shaw Services, LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 01, 2012||$162,000 -
|Chief Executives||Vinmar International, Ltd.||Houston, TX||Jan 24, 2013||$161,500|
|Chief Executives||Alamo Energy Corp||Houston, TX||Mar 19, 2012||$161,242|
|Chief Executives||Collision Plus Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 12, 2013||$161,242|
|Chief Executive Officer/President||Alpha Forest International, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 16, 2017||$160,000|
|Chief Executives||Liberty Mutual Insurance Company||Houston, TX||Jun 16, 2010||$155,500 -
|Chief Executives||Satellite Tracking of People LLC||Houston, TX||Mar 08, 2010||$150,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Hicor Technologies||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2014||$150,000|
|Chief Executives||Pentagon Freight Services Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 19, 2013||$144,000|
|Chief Executives||Hokanson Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 09, 2009||$143,146|
|Chief Executives||TEX-Tube Company||Houston, TX||Mar 06, 2009||$140,000|
|CEO||Promik Management Corporation||Houston, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$125,000 -
|Chief Executive Officer||7677 Real St., L.L.C.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2009||$123,000|
|Chief Executives||Cobalt International Energy||Houston, TX||Aug 24, 2010||$122,283 -
|Chief Executive||Hess Corporation||Houston, TX||Jan 27, 2010||$109,075 -
|Chief Executives||Ingenious Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 26, 2007||$97,219|
|Chief Executive Officer||Castro Cheese Company, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 07, 2009||$89,398|
|Chief Executives||B and N Corporation||Houston, TX||Aug 11, 2010||$89,398|
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