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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|
|Marketing Operations Manager||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 19, 2011||$163,645|
|Marketing Operations Manager, Targeting & Relevance||Linkedin Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$138,965 -
|Manager, Database Marketing Operations||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 01, 2012||$135,000|
|Marketing Operations Manager||Goodwin Procter LLP||New York, NY||Nov 07, 2016||$135,000|
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Palo Alto, CA||May 26, 2014||$130,374 -
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 01, 2013||$128,835 -
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 05, 2013||$128,835 -
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Palo Alto, CA||May 06, 2015||$128,190 -
|Direct Marketing Operations Manager||Staples, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Aug 12, 2015||$127,900 -
|Marketing Operations Manager||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 23, 2016||$125,000|
|Manager, Global Marketing Operations||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 01, 2009||$125,000|
|Manager, Revenue Marketing and Operations||Cloudwords, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 26, 2015||$125,000|
|Marketing Operations Expert||Sap Global Marketing, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 30, 2016||$123,856|
|Marketing Operations Expert||Sap Global Marketing, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 26, 2016||$123,856 -
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||San Francisco, CA||Mar 12, 2012||$106,808 -
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 06, 2014||$106,575 -
|Marketing Operations Manager||Surveymonkey Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 17, 2015||$105,000|
|Global Ecommerce & Digital Web Marketing Operations SR. MGR||Lenovo (United States) Inc.||Morrisville, NC||May 01, 2015||$103,397 -
|Senior Marketing Operations Manager, Corporate MAR||Servicenow, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 17, 2014||$102,794 -
|Manager, Marketing Operations||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$102,500|
|Marketing Operations Manager||Intuit Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 26, 2013||$100,000|
|Marketing/Operations Manager||The Caimbridge Strategy Americas LLC||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2013||$97,500|
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Austin, TX||Aug 19, 2013||$89,898 -
|Direct Marketing Operations Manager||T-Mobile USA, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jan 20, 2014||$89,419 -
|Marketing and Operations Manager||Ying Dynasty||South Yarmouth, MA||Jan 08, 2016||$85,567|
|GMO Marketing Operations Manager||Linkedin Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 07, 2015||$85,400 -
|Marketing Operations Manager||Hotwire, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$85,000 -
|Marketing and Operations Manager||Ying Dynasty||South Yarmouth, MA||Aug 30, 2016||$84,524|
|Marketing Operations Manager||Channeladvisor Corporation||Morrisville, NC||Mar 17, 2014||$83,242 -
|Marketing Analytics/Operations Manager||Hewlett-Packard Company||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 06, 2014||$82,416 -
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