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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 Latino8.7%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix18.1%
New York University6.3%
Michigan State University5.8%
George Washington University5.3%
West Virginia University4.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
Florida State University3.8%
University of Pennsylvania3.6%
Ohio State University3.5%
Arizona State University3.4%
University of Missouri - Columbia3.4%
University of Georgia3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Executive Director, Infrastructure||IFM Investors (Us) LLC||New York, NY||Feb 22, 2016||$640,790|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 10, 2016||$550,000|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 08, 2016||$450,000|
|Executive Director||Virtual Educa Foundation||San Juan, PR||Jan 10, 2016||$444,000|
|Executive Director||Virtual Educa Foundation||San Juan, PR||Jan 09, 2016||$444,000|
|Executive Director||Virtual Educa Foundation||San Juan, PR||Jan 08, 2016||$444,000|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 09, 2016||$425,000|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 11, 2015||$425,000|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 12, 2015||$425,000|
|Executive Director, Infrastructure||IFM Investors (Us) LLC||New York, NY||Feb 25, 2016||$410,790|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2016||$400,000|
|Executive Director||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 13, 2015||$400,000|
|Executive Director||Renovatio Clinical Consultants, LLC||Houston, TX||Jan 15, 2015||$229,570|
|Executive Director, Custody & Fund Services||Jpmorgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Jul 07, 2016||$228,000 -
|Executive Director, Emerging Markets Fixed Income Solutions||JP Morgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Jul 07, 2016||$227,178|
|Global Biologics Testing Solutions Executive Director||Charles River Laboratories, Inc.||Malvern, PA||Aug 29, 2016||$225,000|
|Executive Director||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2015||$225,000 -
|Executive Director||Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC||New York, NY||Apr 17, 2015||$225,000|
|Executive Director||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Feb 01, 2015||$225,000 -
|Executive Director||Morgan Stanley Services Group Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2016||$179,000|
|Executive Director, Portfolio Analytics Investor Reporting, Regulatory Reporting & Valuation Team||Morgan Stanley Fund Services Inc.||New York, NY||May 05, 2015||$175,000|
|Executive Director, Leasing||Westfield, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2015||$175,000 -
|Executive Director||Sheffield Haworth, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$175,000|
|Executive Director, Senior Sector Specialist (Analyst)||Nomura Securities International, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 07, 2016||$175,000 -
|Executive Director, Head of Premier Coverage and Flow Struct||UBS Financial Services Inc.||Weehawken, NJ||Jan 10, 2016||$175,000 -
|Executive Director of Business Continuity||Imaging Advantage LLC||Phoenix, AZ||Jan 07, 2016||$175,000|
|Executive Director||G4 Alliance||Chicago, IL||Jan 05, 2016||$175,000|
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