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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 Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix17.3%
Michigan State University6.3%
George Washington University4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.8%
New York University4.4%
University of Florida4.3%
Florida State University4.3%
University of Houston4.2%
Arizona State University4.1%
University of Texas at Austin3.9%
University of Southern California3.9%
University of Iowa3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Executive Chairman||Collinear Networks, Inc.||Denver, CO||Jul 15, 2016||$400,000|
|Security Executive||Accenture LLP||Houston, TX||Sep 02, 2015||$315,000|
|Security Executive||Accenture LLP||Phoenix, AZ||Sep 02, 2015||$315,000|
|Security Executive||Accenture LLP||San Jose, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$315,000|
|Security Executive||Accenture LLP||San Jose, CA||Jun 12, 2015||$315,000|
|Executive Chairman||Drugdev Inc.||Wayne, PA||Jul 01, 2016||$305,000|
|Executive Chairman||Drugdev Inc.||Audubon, PA||Jan 20, 2014||$300,000|
|Executive Chairman||Talentwise, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Jul 01, 2014||$300,000|
|Executive Chairman||Talentwise, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Jul 07, 2014||$300,000|
|Executive Chairman, Stewart & Stevenson Power Products||Stewart & Stevenson LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 25, 2015||$228,946 -
|Executive Chairman, Stewart & Stevenson Power Products||Stewart & Stevenson LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 15, 2015||$228,946 -
|Executive Engineer||Intecsea, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 04, 2015||$207,000|
|Executive Engineer||Intecsea, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 06, 2015||$207,000|
|Executive Winemaker, Napa Valley||Duckhorn Wine Company||Saint Helena, CA||Apr 07, 2013||$195,957 -
|Executive||MacQuarie Corporate and Asset Finance Consulting I||New York, NY||Jan 06, 2014||$125,000|
|Executive||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 04, 2014||$120,000|
|Executive||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||Boston, MA||Jan 06, 2016||$120,000|
|Metrics Executive Advisor||Wellpoint, Inc.||Parksdale, CA||Jun 11, 2015||$116,688|
|Executive||MacQuarie America Services Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$115,000|
|SAP Executive Liaison To Asug||Sap America, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 14, 2013||$113,789|
|SAP Executive Liaison To Asug||Sap Global Marketing, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 14, 2013||$113,789|
|Treasurer (Executive)||MOTU NOVU LLC||Boston, MA||Oct 21, 2014||$110,000|
|Executive Underwriter||Berkley Insurance Company||Chicago, IL||Aug 21, 2016||$94,500|
|Executive Underwriter||Berkley Insurance Company||Chicago, IL||Sep 05, 2016||$94,500|
|1 SUN Life Executive Park||Populus Group LLC||Wellesley, MA||Aug 15, 2016||$92,872|
|Joint Center for Translational Medicine Exec Direc||California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA||Jan 07, 2013||$91,800|
|Joint Center for Translational Medicine Exec Direc||California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA||Jan 12, 2013||$91,800|
|Executive||MacQuarie America Services Inc.||Houston, TX||May 13, 2015||$90,000|
|Executive||MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||May 01, 2015||$90,000|
|Executive||MacQuarie Funding Holdings Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 05, 2013||$90,000|
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