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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 Latino9.5%
Black or African American0.6%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix14.5%
Michigan State University6.1%
Jackson State University5.1%
University of South Florida4.7%
New York University4.7%
George Washington University4.7%
Arizona State University4.7%
Ohio State University4.4%
University of Texas at Austin4.4%
University of Connecticut4.4%
West Virginia University4.1%
University of Iowa4.1%
University of Pittsburgh -4.1%
Mississippi State University4.1%
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|Director, Onshore Geotechnical Division||Fugro USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 03, 2016||$487,598|
|Division Director||MacQuarie America Services Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 15, 2015||$420,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||May 02, 2014||$400,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 04, 2014||$400,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Funding Holdings Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2011||$400,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 03, 2015||$375,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 04, 2013||$375,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 10, 2015||$375,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2015||$355,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 17, 2014||$325,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 22, 2013||$325,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2011||$325,000|
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|Director, Credit Derivatives Division||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 20, 2011||$250,000|
|Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric M||Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island||Providence, RI||Jan 12, 2012||$250,000|
|Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric M||Women & Infant's Hospital of Rhode Island||Providence, RI||Sep 01, 2011||$250,000|
|Division Director||MacQuarie Funding Holdings Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 20, 2011||$250,000|
|Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric ME||Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island||Providence, RI||Aug 12, 2013||$250,000|
|Division Director/Fellowship Director-Obstetric ME||Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island||Providence, RI||Aug 15, 2013||$250,000|
|Director of Recruiting/Life Sciences Division||The Execu|Search Group||New York, NY||Apr 28, 2015||$150,592|
|Director of International Division [Mortgages]||Guardhill Financial Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2016||$150,000|
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|Sales Director-Specialty (Houseware) Division||Bradshaw International Inc.||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||Aug 28, 2015||$150,000|
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|Director of Science Division||Duff Marketing Communications, Inc.||Kansas City, MO||Sep 05, 2015||$150,000|
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