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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 Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix10.3%
Naval Postgraduate School6.9%
University of Maryland - University College4.6%
Michigan State University4.0%
Central Michigan University3.9%
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College3.5%
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach3.3%
Old Dominion University3.2%
George Washington University3.1%
U.S. Army War College3.0%
Trident University International3.0%
Texas A&M University3.0%
Central Texas College3.0%
Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne2.9%
University of Oklahoma2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Operations Officer||Ingrain, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 16, 2009||$260,000|
|Operations Officer||Ingrain, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 01, 2009||$260,000|
|Senior Operating Officer, Americas||Westpac Banking Corporation||New York, NY||Feb 28, 2016||$206,425|
|Cheif Operating Officer||GNLD International, LLC||Fremont, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$193,669 -
|Operating Officer||Sazerac Group, LLC||Irvine, CA||Oct 14, 2010||$164,486|
|Cheif Operating Officer||Potomac Marketing Services, LLC DBA Travel Options||Fairfax, VA||Feb 05, 2015||$154,000|
|Cheif Operating Officer||Potomac Marketing Services, LLC DBA Travel Options||Fairfax, VA||Sep 11, 2015||$154,000|
|Operational Risk Officer||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||New York, NY||Apr 04, 2016||$139,922|
|Technology Operations Officer||Samaratech LLC||Rockville, MD||Feb 23, 2014||$135,000|
|Technology Operations Officer||Samaratech LLC||Rockville, MD||Feb 01, 2013||$135,000|
|Technology Operations Officer||Samaratech LLC||Rockville, MD||Jan 03, 2012||$135,000|
|Technology Operations Officer||Samaratech LLC||Rockville, MD||Mar 01, 2011||$135,000|
|Management and Operations Research Officer||Berkeley Research Group||Emeryville, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$126,734 -
|Management and Operations Research Officer||Berkeley Research Group LLC||Emeryville, CA||Aug 04, 2015||$126,734|
|VP Senior Department Operations Officer||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||New Castle, DE||Feb 11, 2013||$105,175|
|Data Acquisitions Operations Officer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$104,000|
|Finance/Operations Officer||Fashion E Source LLC||New York, NY||Sep 19, 2015||$102,000|
|Clinical Operations Officer||Allure Care Management LLC||New York, NY||May 05, 2014||$100,000|
|VP Senior Department Operations Officer||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||New Castle, DE||Feb 15, 2013||$97,000|
|Data Acquisitions Operations Officer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$85,000|
|Operations Officer||Israel Discount Bank of New York||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2010||$77,025|
|Associate, Currencies & Emerging Markets OPS Control Officer||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||May 18, 2015||$75,000|
|Design Operations Officer||Sasaki Associates||Watertown Town, MA||Dec 18, 2016||$73,288|
|Design Operations Officer||Sasaki Associates||Watertown Town, MA||Sep 28, 2015||$70,450|
|Operations Officer||Africare||Washington, DC||Sep 21, 2011||$67,000|
|Finance/Operations Officer||Balico Fox Marine Service, LLC||Paramus, NJ||Oct 01, 2013||$65,000|
|Operations Officer, KYC Analyst||Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 13, 2010||$65,000|
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