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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 Latino9.6%
Black or African American0.8%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix11.1%
George Washington University9.9%
Michigan State University6.5%
University of Maryland - University College4.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
Naval Postgraduate School3.9%
Johns Hopkins University3.7%
New York University3.6%
University of Southern California3.5%
Florida State University3.0%
George Mason University3.0%
U.S. Army War College3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Deputy Director and Chief Officer for Global Strat||Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation||New York, NY||Oct 02, 2014||$371,423|
|Deputy Director, External Relations||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston||Boston, MA||Dec 01, 2013||$310,000|
|Deputy Director-Program Integration and Coordination (Seni||Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.||Sacramento, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$200,096|
|Deputy Director||International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR||New York, NY||Apr 05, 2013||$200,000|
|Deputy Director, Iaasb||International Federation of Accountants||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2013||$197,000|
|Deputy Director, Iaasb||International Federation of Accountants||New York, NY||Jul 18, 2016||$193,000|
|Deputy Director, Crops||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||Seattle, WA||Mar 02, 2015||$191,000 -
|Deputy Director, Iaasb||International Federation of Accountants||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$190,000|
|Deputy Director, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research (Gheor)||Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals||NJ||Jan 21, 2016||$188,115|
|Physicist-Deputy Director of Rhic/Atlas Computing Facility||Brookhaven National Laboratory||NY||Nov 04, 2016||$184,616|
|Physicist-Deputy Director of Rhic/Atlas Computing Facility||Brookhaven National Laboratory||NY||Nov 04, 2016||$184,000|
|Senior Manager/Deputy Director Process Engineeri||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Aug 15, 2012||$154,835 -
|Deputy Director, Country||Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||Seattle, WA||Jan 25, 2016||$154,562 -
|Deputy Director, TB Vaccines||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||Seattle, WA||Apr 15, 2016||$154,562 -
|Deputy Director, Research & Development||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||Seattle, WA||Aug 31, 2015||$154,562 -
|Deputy Director, Global Health||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||Seattle, WA||Jun 01, 2011||$153,521 -
|Senior Manager/Deputy Director Factory Automation||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 02, 2014||$150,072 -
|Deputy Director Tactical Derivative Aircraft||The Boeing Company||Kent, WA||Feb 18, 2011||$150,000 -
|Deputy Director for Mexico and Latin America||International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 05, 2016||$150,000|
|Deputy Director (Results and Knowledge Management)||Management Sciences for Health Inc.||Arlington, VA||May 10, 2015||$126,984|
|Senior Manager/Deputy Director Business Developmen||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jun 24, 2012||$126,880 -
|Deputy Director, Pharmaceutical Policy and Strateg||Management Sciences for Health||Arlington, VA||Jun 16, 2014||$126,000 -
|Deputy Director-Projects||Valuemomentum, Inc.||Erie, PA||Jun 08, 2015||$125,000|
|Deputy Director (Results and Knowledge Management)||Management Sciences for Health||Arlington, VA||Jun 10, 2015||$122,480|
|Deputy Director (Results and Knowledge Management)||Management Sciences for Health, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Oct 24, 2012||$122,470|
|Deputy Director-Delivery||Valuemomentum, Inc.||Erie, PA||Jun 20, 2016||$120,000|
|Deputy Director, Global Commodities||Population Services International||Washington, DC||May 05, 2016||$118,000|
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