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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, People Technology and Operations||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 05, 2016||$270,000|
|Director of Technical Operations||Washington Diamonds Corporation||Beltsville, MD||May 01, 2015||$260,000|
|Director, People Technology and Operations||Google, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 17, 2015||$260,000|
|Director, People Technology and Operations||Google, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 24, 2015||$260,000|
|Director Technical Operations||Jazz Imaging LLC||San Jose, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$200,000|
|Director of Technical Operations||Buttonwood Group Trading LLC||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2010||$200,000|
|Director, IT Operations||Santen Inc.||Emeryville, CA||Apr 29, 2015||$182,100 -
|Director, IT Operations||Santen Incorporated||Emeryville, CA||May 20, 2014||$182,100 -
|Director Technical Operations (Biomedical Engineer)||Jaguar Animal Health, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 28, 2016||$180,000|
|Director of Technology & Operations||Digital Medical Billing, Inc.||Union, NJ||Jul 30, 2012||$180,000|
|Director, IT Operations||Infogroup, Inc.||Portland, OR||Feb 22, 2012||$175,000|
|Director, IT Operations||Infogroup, Inc.||Portland, OR||Mar 12, 2012||$175,000|
|Senior Director of Technology & Operations||Pros, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 04, 2016||$173,056|
|SR. DIR. of Tech Operations & Head of Regulatory Affairs||Pharmaceutics International, Inc.||Huntingtown, MD||Oct 01, 2015||$160,000|
|Director, Manufacturing IT Operations||Genzyme Corporation||Framingham, MA||Oct 17, 2011||$157,539 -
|Director, Ecommerce and Technology Operations||Guthy-Renker, LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$155,250|
|Associate Director, MPS Technology Operations||Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp||Point, PA||Dec 31, 2014||$149,448|
|Director, IT Operations||Ancile Solutions, Inc.||Elkridge, MD||Dec 15, 2013||$148,500|
|Director of U.S. Technical Operations||Clinithink LLC||Alpharetta, GA||Sep 10, 2012||$148,000|
|Director, IT Operations||Audible Inc.||Newark, NJ||Aug 15, 2012||$128,040|
|Associate Director (Sophis Developer), Tech & OPS||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 17, 2013||$128,000 -
|Director of Technical Operations||Assima, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 01, 2014||$126,000 -
|Director, IT Operations||Audible Inc.||Newark, NJ||Jan 14, 2010||$125,954|
|Director of Technology and Operations||Design Build Mechanical Corporation, Va||Chantilly, VA||Nov 12, 2014||$125,000 -
|Director of I.T. Operations||Omnovia Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 22, 2010||$121,000|
|Senior Director of Technology and Operations||Walkme, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 31, 2014||$120,000|
|Director of IT Operations||Jamcracker, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 29, 2013||$120,000|
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