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Working As A President

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $168,000

    Average Salary

What Does A President Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A President

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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President Career Paths

President
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Commissioner
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President, Sales
Executive Vice President Of Sales
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Field Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Outreach
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Development Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Talent Acquisition
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Youth Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Business Operations
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Commissioner
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Artistic Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Deputy
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Director, Applications
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Health Director
Division Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
Chief Program Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Camp Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Vice President 4.2 years
President 4.0 years
Top Careers Before President
Internship 12.2%
Volunteer 8.0%
Secretary 4.8%
Treasurer 4.8%
Director 4.4%
Manager 4.2%
Owner 3.1%
Consultant 2.9%
Cashier 2.7%
Captain 2.7%
Top Careers After President
Internship 14.5%
Volunteer 9.2%
Consultant 5.1%
Owner 4.8%
Manager 3.9%
Director 3.9%
Cashier 3.7%
Secretary 2.9%
Treasurer 2.9%

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President Demographics

Gender

Male

56.9%

Female

32.8%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.0%

French

12.6%

Chinese

7.1%

Mandarin

6.0%

German

4.8%

Italian

3.3%

Japanese

3.1%

Arabic

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Korean

2.8%

Russian

2.5%

Cantonese

1.9%

Hindi

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hebrew

1.0%

Urdu

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Carrier

0.6%

Tagalog

0.5%

Polish

0.4%
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President Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

New York University

6.3%

University of Florida

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.5%

Ohio State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.1%

Florida State University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

University of Washington

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

University of South Florida

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

University of Georgia

3.9%

Harvard University

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

28.2%

Marketing

6.3%

Finance

6.2%

Political Science

5.8%

Psychology

5.8%

Communication

5.5%

Accounting

5.3%

Management

5.0%

Economics

3.5%

Biology

3.2%

Law

3.1%

Education

2.9%

English

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

History

2.0%

Nursing

2.0%

Public Relations

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.3%

Masters

19.9%

Other

16.2%

Doctorate

4.5%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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$95,000
Min 10%
$168,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Median 50%
$295,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
NW Natural
Highest Paying City
Chicago, IL
Highest Paying State
South Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a President make at top companies?
The national average salary for a President in the United States is $168,424 per year or $81 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $95,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $295,000.

Real President Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
President, Campbell International Campbell Soup Company Camden, NJ Sep 23, 2015 $676,250
Global President Billabong Burleigh Point, Ltd. Irvine, CA Jan 04, 2016 $632,111
President Beall's, Inc. Bradenton, FL Oct 01, 2015 $615,000
President, Fresh Formats Ahold USA, Inc. Canton, MA Oct 10, 2016 $510,000
President Garden House School of New York New York, NY Jan 16, 2015 $506,306
President Railex, LLC New York, NY May 01, 2016 $400,000
President, UAP North America UAP North America Ltd. New York, NY Apr 25, 2016 $400,000
President-Pilgrim's Pride Mexico Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Greeley, CO Aug 24, 2015 $400,000
President, International Currency Crane & Co., Inc. Boston, MA Sep 20, 2016 $380,000
President F&O Melrose Place, Inc. West Hollywood, CA May 11, 2015 $375,000
President, Worldwide Markets Celgene Corporation Summit, NJ Nov 09, 2016 $365,500 -
$494,500
President Harrison & Star, LLC New York, NY Jun 04, 2015 $350,000
President Leica Microsystems Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jul 01, 2015 $244,234 -
$380,000
President American Hydro Corporation York, PA Mar 14, 2015 $242,050
President, Lending Solutions Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Jan 03, 2016 $241,600 -
$362,400
President, Lending Solutions Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc. Lake Mary, FL Jan 02, 2016 $241,600 -
$362,400
President and Head of School Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 03, 2016 $240,000
President Omaha Multi-Sport Complex Omaha, NE Oct 11, 2016 $240,000
President and Head of School Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2015 $240,000
President and Head of School Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 17, 2016 $240,000
President Oilfield Steel Supply, LLC Magnolia, TX Jul 25, 2016 $197,642 -
$250,000
President Paul Wurth Inc. Valparaiso, IN Aug 06, 2016 $197,142
President, Hexagon Mining Leica Geosystems Mining, Inc. Tucson, AZ Sep 12, 2015 $193,066 -
$400,000
President Sterilis Medical Corporation Boxborough, MA Oct 23, 2015 $190,000 -
$250,000
President Winverts, Inc. Tustin, CA Sep 03, 2015 $187,830
President Hansen Technologies North America Inc. New York, NY Apr 08, 2015 $187,830
President Ludvig Svensson, Inc. Charlotte, NC Nov 17, 2016 $187,830
President Seven Corners Insurance Solutions, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jul 10, 2015 $187,199 -
$200,000

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Top Skills for A President

  1. Business Development
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Customer Service
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  • Provided CFO level management for accounting and finance functions, assisted in business development negotiations, and systems development.
  • Executed 2,500 hour engagement for real estate developer to draft Private Placement Memorandum created combining financial statements and footnotes for auditors.
  • Developed an integrated interface to diverse banking and investment trading systems to facilitate customer service.
  • Started new Boy Scout Venture crew and led the troop as President for two years before passing leadership to new members.
  • Organized community forums/town halls, community initiatives, and various special events/projects with local and state coalition partners and community organizations

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  3. Rhode Island
  4. District of Columbia
  5. South Dakota
  6. Texas
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. New Jersey
  9. Nevada
  10. North Carolina
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