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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 Latino10.5%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix23.2%
Michigan State University7.2%
Johnson & Wales University5.3%
University of Houston4.5%
Florida State University4.4%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
Arizona State University4.0%
West Virginia University3.7%
Southern New Hampshire University3.7%
Ohio State University3.7%
University of Central Florida3.5%
Florida International University3.5%
Texas A&M University3.4%
University of Florida3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|General Manager, Value Basics||Sanmar Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Apr 01, 2015||$375,000|
|General Manager Computed Tomography||Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Jan 09, 2016||$330,000|
|General Manager Computed Tomography||Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Sep 12, 2015||$330,000|
|General Manager, Baccarat, New York||VIII Hotel II TB Investors, LLC||New York, NY||Jun 15, 2015||$325,000|
|General Manager, Baccarat, New York||VIII Hotel II TB Investors, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2015||$325,000|
|General Manager||Nyrstar Us Inc.||FL||Dec 15, 2015||$300,000|
|General Manager, Geforce Desktop||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 11, 2016||$290,000|
|General Manager, Community Tennis and Youth||United States Tennis Association, Inc.||Orlando, FL||Mar 11, 2015||$280,000|
|General Manager, Device Procurement||Brightstar Us, Inc.||San Carlos, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$280,000 -
|General Manager||Standard High Line Employer LLC||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$275,000|
|General Manager||Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. Formerly Caesars Entertainment Operating||Laughlin, NV||Jun 12, 2016||$270,000|
|General Manager (Science, Math, Quantitative Business)||Cengage Learning, Inc.||Boston, MA||May 24, 2016||$263,342|
|General Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||May 06, 2016||$256,338|
|General Manager, US Market||Aromatic Resource Management Company||Lehi, UT||Sep 05, 2015||$250,000|
|General Manager||D3 LLC||Melville, NY||Mar 31, 2016||$139,277|
|General Manager, Steel Assets||DTE Energy Services||River Rouge, MI||Sep 19, 2015||$138,373|
|General Manager||KGL America, Inc.||Doral, FL||Apr 30, 2015||$137,634|
|General Manager-Vertical Response||Deluxe Corporation||Lenexa, KS||Jun 13, 2016||$137,571 -
|General Manager-Waterworks Division||Proco Products, Inc.||Stockton, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$137,009|
|General Manager||Vista Construction and Remodeling LLC||Miami Beach, FL||May 09, 2016||$136,000|
|General Manager||Vista Construction and Remodeling, LLC||Miami Beach, FL||May 09, 2016||$136,000|
|General Manager (Mechanical Engineer)||Precision Cutting Tools, Inc.||Santa Fe Springs, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$135,762|
|Managing Editor, Digital and General Manager of Bostonglobe.||The Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 09, 2015||$84,802 -
|General Manager||Industrial Investment Corporation||Apr 15, 2015||$84,000|
|General Manager Projects||Oregon International Airfreight Co.||Houston, TX||Oct 17, 2016||$83,512|
|General Manager||7Elements Inc.||Newark, DE||Sep 17, 2016||$83,480|
|General Manager||Galaxy Tile LLC||Edison, NJ||Sep 24, 2015||$82,888|
|General Manager/Supervisor||Sushi Yoshi, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Mar 30, 2015||$82,430|
|General Manager/Supervisor||Sushi Yoshi, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Aug 30, 2016||$82,430|
|General Manager||National Oilwell Varco, L.P.||Houston, TX||Mar 23, 2015||$82,000|
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