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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 Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix19.6%
George Washington University6.2%
University of Houston5.3%
American InterContinental University4.4%
University of Florida4.4%
Southern New Hampshire University4.4%
University of Arizona4.4%
Arizona State University4.0%
Kent State University3.6%
Michigan State University3.1%
New York University3.1%
Texas A&M University3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Executive Manager||Transform Holdings, Inc.||Boise, ID||Apr 01, 2012||$350,855|
|Executive Manager||Transform Holdings, Inc.||Boise, ID||Apr 01, 2010||$329,458|
|Executive Manager||Transform Holdings, Inc.||Boise, ID||Mar 22, 2010||$329,458|
|Executive Chairman (Operations Manager)||Insync Software, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 18, 2009||$321,064|
|General Manager Executive||Global Experience Specialists||Las Vegas, NV||Jun 09, 2016||$190,000|
|Product Manager (Executive Briefing Service)||Wood MacKenzie, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2010||$152,500|
|Manager, Executive Communications||General Motors Company||Detroit, MI||Oct 01, 2011||$130,000|
|Executive Manager||Elam Ministries||Alpharetta, GA||Sep 24, 2009||$125,133|
|Executive Lifestyle Manager||A & O Management Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2010||$119,600 -
|Executive Lifestyle Manager||A + O Management||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2010||$119,600 -
|Manager, Operations and Executive Services||Leathwaite International Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 13, 2014||$117,000|
|Program Manager, Executive Development||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 17, 2014||$115,200|
|Senior Manager, Executive Compensation||Peabody Energy Corporation||Saint Louis, MO||Mar 29, 2010||$110,000|
|Executive Manager||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Wilton, CT||Sep 12, 2014||$110,000|
|Executive Manager||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Wilton, CT||Sep 17, 2014||$110,000|
|Executive Manager||Deloitte Services LP||Wilton, CT||Sep 19, 2014||$110,000|
|Environmental Manager (Executive Director)||Institute for Industrial Productivity||San Francisco, CA||Nov 15, 2010||$107,370 -
|Manager, Operations and Executive Services||Leathwaite International, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 14, 2011||$103,734|
|Manager, Executive Compensation and Systems||United Technologies Corporation||Hartford, CT||Nov 29, 2010||$97,635 -
|Executive Manager||JBC Group||New York, NY||Nov 23, 2009||$88,301|
|Executive Manager||New Look Furniture Inc.||Lake Charles, LA||Dec 01, 2009||$75,920 -
|Executive Manager||New Look Furniture, Inc.||Lake Charles, LA||Dec 01, 2009||$75,920 -
|Executive Manager||Santype International Inc.||Cherry Hill, NJ||Feb 12, 2013||$75,317|
|Executive Broadcast Manager||Stanford Financial Group Company||Miami, FL||Apr 06, 2010||$75,000 -
|Manager Executive||Brillio, LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 02, 2015||$70,000|
|General and Operations Manager (Executive Director||Foundation for Afghanistan||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2012||$69,347|
|Executive Manager||Shefi Diamonds, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 24, 2014||$63,000|
|Executive Manager||D.P. Jewelry Wholesale, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2014||$62,400|
|Executive Manager||Pointers Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 07, 2009||$60,523|
|Administrative Manager, Executive Programs||The Conference Board||New York, NY||Jan 18, 2011||$58,000|
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