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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|
|Regional Operations Manager||Sofidel America Corp.||Haines City, FL||Aug 26, 2014||$170,000|
|Regional Voyage Operations Manager||BP America Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 21, 2012||$151,500|
|Regional Operations Manager, Americas Region||Svitzer Caribbean Ltd.||Doral, FL||Nov 13, 2015||$150,592 -
|Regional Operations Manager||Allied Horizontal Wireline Services||Houston, TX||Sep 08, 2015||$150,000|
|Regional Operations Manager||Allied Wireline Services||Houston, TX||Sep 08, 2015||$150,000|
|Regional Operations Manager||Ethnic Media LLC||Southfield, MI||Dec 12, 2007||$133,526|
|Regional Operations Manager||Svitzer Caribbean Ltd.||Doral, FL||Oct 01, 2013||$131,000 -
|NW Regional Operations Manager||Monsanto Company||Saint Louis, MO||Sep 01, 2010||$127,500|
|Regional Operations Manager||CBRE, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 28, 2014||$117,624 -
|Regional Operations Manager||Digna Corporation||El Paso, TX||Jan 09, 2016||$115,000|
|Regional Operations Manager||Svitzer Caribbean Ltd.||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2010||$110,250 -
|Pan-Asian Regional Operations Manager||Samtec, Inc.||New Albany, IN||Sep 16, 2013||$100,000|
|Regional Operations Excellence Manager||Ti Group Automotive Systems L.L.C.||Lavonia, GA||Sep 08, 2015||$96,000 -
|Regional Operations Manager||Valleycrest Landscape Maintenance||Norristown, PA||Mar 01, 2012||$92,602 -
|Regional Operations Director/Dental Manager||Dental American Group Corp.||Hialeah, FL||Sep 20, 2016||$90,000|
|Regional Operations Manager||Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America) Inc.||Dunnigan, CA||Jan 01, 2012||$88,600 -
|Regional Operations Manager EMS & Semicon||Schenker, Inc.||Freeport, NY||Mar 14, 2010||$80,985|
|Regional Operations Manager||Uber Technologies, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jan 05, 2016||$80,000 -
|Regional Operations Manager||BSN Medical Latin America LLC||Boca Raton, FL||Jan 26, 2009||$80,000|
|Regional Resort Operations Manager||Migis Lodge||Casco, ME||Oct 17, 2009||$75,000|
|Regional Voyage Operations Manager, Americas||BP America Inc.||Warrenville, IL||Mar 09, 2010||$75,000 -
|Regional Resort Operations Manager||Migis Lodge||Casco, ME||Oct 17, 2010||$75,000|
|Regional Operations Manager||Grupo Aeronautico MBC, LLC||West Palm Beach, FL||Jan 08, 2016||$70,000|
|Regional Operation Manager||A-Data Technology USA Co., Ltd.||Industry, CA||Feb 12, 2008||$66,221|
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