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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 Latino9.5%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix24.0%
Michigan State University5.6%
New York University4.6%
Pennsylvania State University4.5%
Arizona State University4.5%
Ohio State University3.9%
Florida State University3.7%
Southern New Hampshire University3.6%
Texas A&M University3.6%
University of Texas at Austin3.4%
University of Central Florida3.4%
University of Florida3.4%
University of Southern California3.4%
University of Houston3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Cognitive Transformation and Operations||IBM Corporation||Somers, NY||Jul 19, 2016||$306,000|
|Director of Operations||Standard International Management||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$275,000|
|Director of Cloud Operations||Magento Commerce||Campbell, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$230,000|
|Director, Operations||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Sep 11, 2016||$219,772|
|Director of Cloud Operations||Eis Group, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 06, 2016||$200,400|
|Director, Products Operations||Appdynamics, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$200,000|
|HDI Director of Operations||Us Remodelers, Inc.||Boca Raton, FL||Nov 03, 2015||$200,000 -
|Director of Operations||JNSQ Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2016||$199,992|
|Director of Operations||BBS USA LLC||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Feb 18, 2016||$198,000|
|Director of U.S. Operations||Meiko Electronics America, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$197,475|
|Operations Director Global Accounts||Dimension Data North America||Edison, NJ||Apr 01, 2016||$196,000|
|Pharmacy and Operations Director||Aaark Group Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 10, 2016||$187,830|
|Pharmacy and Operations Director||Aaark Group Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 26, 2015||$187,830|
|Director of Operations||Carmot2, Inc.||Pearland, TX||May 17, 2016||$131,186|
|Director of Operations||Texas Natural Meats, Inc.||Lott, TX||Jun 08, 2015||$130,000|
|Director Operational Exellence||Groupon, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 07, 2016||$130,000 -
|Director of Operations||Hoffman Enclosures, Inc.||Pharr, TX||Aug 12, 2015||$130,000|
|Advertising Operations Director||Dailymotion||New York, NY||Aug 10, 2015||$130,000|
|Technical Operations Director||Starcom Worldwide, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Feb 29, 2016||$130,000|
|Director of Operations||JOLO Flowers, Inc.||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2015||$130,000|
|Director of Operations||Barnorth Group LLC||New York, NY||Feb 16, 2016||$130,000|
|Director of Operations||GMP Global Marketing Inc.||Walnut, CA||May 10, 2016||$98,675|
|Director of Operations||Highgate Hotels LP||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$98,115|
|Director of Operations||East Bellevue Owner LLC||Chicago, IL||Mar 14, 2016||$98,000|
|Director of Operations||East Bellevue Owner LLC||Chicago, IL||Oct 09, 2016||$98,000|
|Director-Practice Operations||Mayo Clinic||WI||Nov 18, 2015||$97,864|
|Operations Director||JNS Beauty and Nutrition LLC||Dayton, NJ||Dec 06, 2016||$97,760|
|Director of Therapy Operations||Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health||Stuart, FL||Feb 26, 2016||$97,603|
|Director of Therapy of Operations||Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health||Stuart, FL||Feb 16, 2015||$97,603|
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