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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|
|Manager Business Development Professional Services||ESRI Inc.||Redlands, CA||Oct 07, 2014||$177,847|
|Manager, Business Development, Professional Servic||Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.||Redlands, CA||Jun 25, 2014||$177,847|
|Tax Senior Manager-Chinese Business Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||New York, NY||Feb 29, 2016||$151,100 -
|Region Manager Business Services IT||WILO USA LLC||Melrose Park, IL||Oct 01, 2010||$123,500|
|Manager, Business Process, General Finance Services||Mylan Inc.||Morgantown, WV||Apr 22, 2015||$123,000|
|Manager, Business Capabilities Services Finance and Culture & Talent||Qliktech Inc.||Radnor, PA||Jul 15, 2016||$119,524|
|Senior Manager, Business Capability Service, Finance & C&T||Qliktech, Inc.||Radnor, PA||Jan 12, 2016||$118,000 -
|IT Manager, Business Services||DS Services of America, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 20, 2016||$113,318 -
|IT Manager, Business Services||DS Waters of America, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 20, 2016||$113,318 -
|Assurance Manager-Japanese Business Services (JBS)||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||New York, NY||Nov 19, 2015||$112,840|
|Tax Manager-Business Tax Services (BTS)-Japanese Business Services (JBS)||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||New York, NY||Jul 02, 2015||$112,840|
|Tax Manager-Business Tax Services (BTS)-Japanese Business Services (JBS)||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||New York, NY||Aug 03, 2015||$112,840|
|Manager, Business Analytics & Service Optimization||Nokia Inc.||White Plains, NY||Oct 01, 2010||$107,000|
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||San Jose, CA||Apr 07, 2015||$101,570 -
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||San Francisco, CA||Sep 18, 2015||$101,430|
|Manager Assurance & Business Advisory Services||UHY Advisors Tx, LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 13, 2014||$97,178|
|Manager, Accounting and Business Services||Westfield, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 16, 2011||$94,500 -
|Assistant Manager-Member Business Services||Apple Federal Credit Union||Fairfax, VA||Apr 27, 2015||$92,000|
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Seattle, WA||Nov 16, 2015||$91,050 -
|Assurance Manager-Japanese Business Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Los Angeles, CA||Nov 27, 2015||$89,940 -
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 23, 2015||$89,939 -
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 18, 2015||$89,939 -
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 27, 2015||$89,939 -
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Irvine, CA||Mar 18, 2015||$89,130 -
|Tax Manager-Federal Tax-Business Tax Services||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||San Diego, CA||Mar 16, 2015||$88,570 -
|Manager, Business Development-Food Service||Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd||Washington, DC||Dec 20, 2011||$88,000|
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