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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|
|Technical Operations Manager||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||May 16, 2016||$205,000|
|Technical Operations Manager||Hilco Superbid LLC||Northbrook, IL||Oct 18, 2010||$185,000|
|Technical Operations Manager||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$173,000 -
|SR. Legal Technology Operations Manager||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 27, 2014||$155,000|
|Technical Operations Engineering Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Sep 26, 2016||$155,000|
|Technical Operations Manager, Risk Platform||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$142,376 -
|Technology Operations Manager||Selectquote Insurance Services||San Francisco, CA||Aug 28, 2015||$140,005 -
|Manager-Technology Operations||Ameriprise Financial, Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Nov 02, 2016||$139,110|
|Technical Operations Manager||Governor Control Systems, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Oct 25, 2014||$138,000|
|Manager-Technical Operations||Myrtle Consulting Group||Houston, TX||Jan 28, 2016||$135,824|
|Treasury Systems Technology Operations Manager||Toyota Motor Credit Corporation ('TMCC')||Torrance, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$134,724|
|Technical Operations Manager||Triple Point Technology, Inc.||Westport, CT||Oct 10, 2009||$132,500|
|Technology Operations Manager||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jan 02, 2013||$115,523 -
|Manager, Technical Operations||Beckman Coulter, Inc.||Chaska, MN||Apr 05, 2010||$114,480|
|Manager, Technology Operations||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 14, 2015||$112,986 -
|Technical Operations Manager||Vonage Business Networks, Inc.||McLean, VA||May 18, 2016||$110,282 -
|Technical Operations Manager||Navisite Inc.||Andover, MA||Nov 18, 2010||$110,000|
|Tech OPS Manager||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 01, 2012||$110,000 -
|Technical Program Manager/Operations ENG Prog MGR||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 06, 2014||$110,000 -
|Technology Operations Manager||Ironplanet.Com, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||May 26, 2010||$96,242|
|Technical Operations Manager||Amobee, Inc.||Solana Beach, CA||Jan 01, 2016||$95,100|
|Email Tech Operations Manager||One Kings Lane, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 21, 2014||$95,000|
|Technical Operations Manager||Thinking Phone Networks, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Mar 08, 2013||$95,000|
|Email Tech Operations Manager||One Kings Lane, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 27, 2014||$95,000|
|Technical Operations Manager||Glaxosmithkline LLC||Collegeville, PA||Jul 09, 2016||$94,078 -
|Global Technical Operations Manager||Allied Chemical Carriers, LLC||Wilton, CT||Oct 01, 2012||$93,800|
|Technical Operations Architect/Manager||Johnson Controls, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Feb 07, 2015||$92,186 -
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