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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Manager, Local Data Acquisition and Partner||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 26, 2014||$210,000 -
|Portfolio Manager, Local Currency Emerging Markets||Neuberger Berman Group LLC||Atlanta, GA||Apr 29, 2013||$150,000|
|Portfolio Manager, Local Currency Emerging Markets||Neuberger Berman Group LLC||Atlanta, GA||Apr 10, 2013||$150,000|
|Marcom Manager, Localization||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 06, 2016||$130,000|
|Local Domain Manager-Technical (SAP Competence C||Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 13, 2014||$120,000|
|Localization Manager||Riot Games, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Oct 24, 2011||$120,000|
|Localization Manager (Russian)||Evernote Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$118,560|
|SR. Manager, Localization||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 15, 2010||$112,091 -
|Manager, Local Analytics||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$105,000|
|Manager-Localization||Verint Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 25, 2014||$98,675 -
|Manager, Localization||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$91,400 -
|Product Manager, Localization||Box, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$82,909|
|Localization Manager||Evernote Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Aug 27, 2014||$80,000|
|Project Manager, Localization||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 12, 2013||$78,000|
|Localization Language Manager||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Oct 27, 2015||$72,592|
|Broadcast and Corp. Prod. MGR., Subtitling & Local||Deluxe Digital Studios, Inc.||Burbank, CA||Feb 01, 2012||$61,000|
|Localization Manager||Evernote Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Aug 27, 2014||$58,011|
|Project Manager, Localization||Global Language Solutions||Irvine, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$58,000 -
|Broadcast and Corp. Prod. MGR., Subtitling & Local||Deluxe Digital Studios, Inc.||Burbank, CA||Jan 10, 2011||$55,000|
|Project Manager Localization||Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Nov 02, 2010||$54,900 -
|Production Manager, Localization Engineernig||Global Language Solutions, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$52,000|
|Production Manager, Localization Engineering||Global Language Solutions, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$50,170|
|Project Manager, Localization||Global Language Solutions||Irvine, CA||May 09, 2016||$50,000 -
|Localization Manager||Snail Games USA Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$50,000|
|Localization Manager||Appwhirl, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$50,000|
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