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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 Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix28.4%
Michigan State University5.0%
University of Houston4.4%
Pennsylvania State University4.0%
Arizona State University4.0%
Southern New Hampshire University4.0%
American InterContinental University4.0%
University of Central Florida3.5%
Texas A&M University3.3%
Community College of the Air Force3.3%
University of North Texas3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Operations Manager||MR. Keet, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2016||$300,000|
|Nsod Intergrated Operations Manager||Conocophillips Company||Anchorage, AK||Feb 02, 2015||$289,400 -
|Operations Manager||Pratt Industries, Inc.||Conyers, GA||Feb 12, 2016||$255,000 -
|Manager, Operations||Gulf Pine Energy, LP||Columbus, MS||Sep 09, 2016||$250,000|
|Manager, U.S. Operations||Gulf Pine Energy, LP||Columbus, MS||Sep 01, 2015||$250,000|
|Principal Manager, PSL Operations||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Conroe, TX||May 18, 2015||$232,196|
|Principal Manager, PSL Operations||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Conroe, TX||May 27, 2015||$232,196|
|Latin America Operations Manager||Cressi-Sub USA, Inc.||Saddle Brook, NJ||Mar 11, 2016||$227,178|
|Head of Strategy and Operations (Sales Operations Manager)||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$225,000|
|Operations Manager||Riversdale Alaska LLC||Anchorage, AK||Apr 17, 2016||$225,000|
|Operations Manager||Riversdale Alaska LLC||Anchorage, AK||Apr 17, 2015||$225,000|
|General and Operations Managers||HCL America Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 02, 2016||$224,078|
|Manager, Regulatory Operations||Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.||Novato, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$100,500 -
|Operations Manager||Penton Learning Systems LLC||Tampa, FL||Aug 18, 2016||$100,069|
|Pathways Operations Manager||Golden State FC LLC||Tracy, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$100,000 -
|Pathways Operations Manager||Amazon.Com.DEDC, LLC||Robbinsville, NJ||Sep 22, 2015||$100,000 -
|Pathways Operations Manager||Amazon.Com.DEDC, LLC||Sumner, WA||Jun 26, 2015||$100,000 -
|Pathways Operations Manager||Golden State FC LLC||San Bernardino, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$100,000 -
|Pathways Operations Manager||Golden State FC LLC||Patterson, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$100,000 -
|Operations Manager||Veroblue Farms USA, Inc.||Webster City, IA||Oct 15, 2016||$100,000|
|Manager Operations||Igate Technologies Inc.||Stamford, CT||Apr 01, 2015||$82,800|
|Manager Operations||Igate Technologies Inc.||Stamford, CT||Mar 24, 2015||$82,800|
|Manager Operations||Igate Technologies Inc.||Stamford, CT||Jun 26, 2015||$82,800|
|Operations Manager||Kittleson Real Estate Team, Inc.||Madison, WI||Jul 12, 2016||$82,722|
|Healthcare Operations Manager||Deso Consulting LLC||New York, NY||Dec 23, 2016||$82,666|
|Operations Manager||Om Shiva Enterprises Inc.||Belle Vernon, PA||Sep 16, 2015||$82,622|
|Medical Operations Manager||Sports Medicine at Chelsea PLLC||New York, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$82,437|
|Operations Manager||SPP Pumps Inc.||Norcross, GA||May 29, 2015||$82,400 -
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