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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 Latino7.9%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix13.8%
New York University7.3%
Michigan State University6.9%
Pennsylvania State University6.0%
University of Florida5.2%
University of Texas at Dallas4.3%
University of Maryland - University College4.3%
More Tech Institute4.3%
Florida State University3.9%
University of Washington3.4%
University of Pennsylvania3.4%
West Virginia University3.4%
University of Texas at Austin3.4%
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|SR Executive for Fhil International Strategic Vent||Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc.||Orlando, FL||Jul 01, 2014||$450,000|
|Senior Executive, Business Operations||Lufkin Industries, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 14, 2016||$385,568|
|Senior Executive Strategy & Innovation Lead||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||Oct 06, 2010||$305,000 -
|Senior Licensing Executive||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2012||$215,000|
|Senior Executive, Operations||Quest Diagnostics Incorporated||Madison, NJ||Oct 15, 2012||$207,000 -
|Senior Executive (Manager)||Accenture LLP||Cleveland, OH||Feb 18, 2010||$205,000|
|Senior Credit Executive||Australia and New Zealand Banking Group||New York, NY||Feb 21, 2013||$200,000|
|Senior Executive||Compass Advisers Group, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 17, 2013||$200,000|
|Senior Executive||Compass Advisers Group, LLC||New York, NY||Feb 13, 2015||$200,000|
|Senior Credit Executive||Australia and New Zealand Banking Group||New York, NY||Feb 21, 2011||$200,000|
|Senior Executive||Blue Star Infotech America, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||May 23, 2011||$176,280|
|Senior Executive Advisor||Citgo Petroleum Corporation||Houston, TX||Aug 15, 2014||$175,000|
|Senior Executive||Accenture LLP||San Jose, CA||Aug 10, 2009||$174,900 -
|Senior Application Services Executive||Accenture LLP||Houston, TX||Sep 18, 2015||$173,056|
|Senior/Executive Minister||Trinity Church||Greenwich, CT||Oct 01, 2012||$165,000 -
|Senior/Executive Minister||Trinity Church||Greenwich, CT||Oct 01, 2009||$165,000 -
|Senior Executive In Residence||Sacred Heart University||Fairfield, CT||Jan 01, 2010||$150,000|
|Senior Claims Executive||Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 10, 2016||$130,000|
|SR. Executive of BUS. Development, Head of Digital||El Clasificado||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$124,800|
|Senior Executive, Food and Drink||SCTR Limited||Boston, MA||Sep 14, 2016||$108,680|
|Senior Executive, Food and Drink||SCTR Limited||San Jose, CA||Sep 23, 2016||$108,680|
|Senior Customer Engagement Executive||Sap America, Inc.||Newtown, PA||Aug 27, 2016||$89,250 -
|Respiratory Sales Senior Executive Specialty Repre||Glaxosmithkline LLC||Boca Raton, FL||Dec 11, 2010||$87,500 -
|Senior Executive Marketing||Pan Asia Resources PTE Ltd||Cary, NC||Jan 10, 2012||$81,000 -
|Senior Executive||Click Business Cards, Inc.||Redding, CA||Aug 31, 2013||$80,000|
|Senior Executive||Click Business Cards, Inc.||Redding, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$80,000|
|Senior Executive||Click Business Cards, Inc.||Redding, CA||Aug 31, 2011||$80,000|
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