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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|
|Global Operation (Supply Chain) Vice President||Leg Avenue, Inc.||Industry, CA||Feb 15, 2011||$320,450|
|Operations Vice President||Tourico Holidays, Inc.||Altamonte Springs, FL||Oct 17, 2014||$230,000|
|Operations Vice President||Daniel Man M.D. Pa||Boca Raton, FL||Jun 02, 2015||$199,638|
|Operations Vice President||FSM Electric Corp.||Islandia, NY||Sep 23, 2016||$187,830|
|Operations Vice President||Optimar Realty Group, LLC||Sunny Isles Beach, FL||Feb 11, 2016||$187,200|
|CIB Ops-Business Transformation Mngr, Busn. Analyst VP||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Jul 27, 2015||$185,000|
|Operations Vice President||Russell Williams LLC||Cold Spring, NY||May 08, 2015||$180,294|
|Operations Vice President||USCA-Seabell Inc.||Hoboken, NJ||Oct 21, 2009||$176,018|
|Operations VP||Jean Bourget Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 22, 2009||$176,018|
|Business Operations, VP||Vintage Food Corporation||New York, NY||Apr 09, 2009||$175,427|
|Tech OPS Lead, Vice President||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Jul 18, 2016||$175,000|
|Operations Vice President||Logic Services LLC||Houston, TX||Dec 22, 2015||$167,700|
|Operations Vice President||Computer Pathways Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 18, 2015||$164,466|
|Financial Operations Vice President||Florida Sleep & Neuro Diagnostic Services Inc.||Miami Lakes, FL||Dec 07, 2016||$160,000|
|Operations Vice President||GBS Consultants, Inc.||Pembroke Pines, FL||May 11, 2011||$142,000|
|Operations Vice President||Ml Management, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Jun 29, 2010||$137,345|
|European Operations Vice President||Schaff International LLC||Lake Zurich, IL||Jan 14, 2016||$135,138|
|Operations Vice||Advanced Structural Alloys LLC||Oxnard, CA||Oct 21, 2016||$121,056|
|Building Operations Manager, Vice President||Citicorp North America, Inc.||Miami, FL||Oct 10, 2011||$120,000|
|Operations Vice President||Milko Productions||Los Angeles, CA||Jun 20, 2015||$119,689|
|Operations Vice President||Wicked Campers, Inc.||Gardena, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$118,396|
|Operations Manager, Vice President||Cultural Care, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Mar 02, 2012||$118,000|
|Operations Vice President||Carrelton Asset Management||Coral Gables, FL||Oct 12, 2007||$106,959|
|Operations Vice President||Alandre Trading LLC||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2012||$104,141|
|Operation Vice||SDP International Corp.||Miami Lakes, FL||Jan 16, 2008||$101,220|
|Operations Vice President||EFC Management Services LLC||Miami, FL||Jun 17, 2008||$100,880|
|Operations Vice President||Taras International LLC||Coral Springs, FL||Dec 01, 2010||$100,593|
|Operations Vice President||Alma 2100 LLC||Pembroke Pines, FL||Oct 01, 2010||$100,593|
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