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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 Latino8.7%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix9.8%
New York University9.1%
Michigan State University5.4%
Pennsylvania State University5.4%
University of Southern California4.9%
University of Texas at Austin4.4%
University of Pennsylvania4.3%
University of Florida4.3%
University of Chicago4.2%
George Washington University4.1%
Florida State University4.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Vice President||Blackrock Financial Management, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 18, 2016||$569,751 -
|Vice President of Planning and Projects||Micro Finance Advisors, Inc.||Miami, FL||Jan 01, 2016||$520,000|
|Vice President||Capgemini America, Inc.||Irving, TX||Jul 27, 2015||$495,000 -
|Vice President||ABRY Partners II, LLC||Boston, MA||Oct 30, 2015||$450,000|
|Vice President||Sew-Eurodrive, Inc.||Lyman, SC||Feb 20, 2016||$430,000|
|Vice President Chief Commercial Office||Luitpold Pharmaceuticals Inc.||Shirley, NY||Dec 19, 2016||$425,000|
|Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean||Tiffany & Co.||Coral Gables, FL||Jul 21, 2015||$400,095|
|VP of Marketing||Patagonia Works||CA||Aug 26, 2016||$400,000 -
|Vice President||Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2016||$400,000|
|Vice President-North American Operations||Nyrstar Us Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Sep 08, 2015||$380,000|
|Vice President Latin America Mining Operations||Nyrstar Us Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||May 15, 2015||$375,000|
|Vice President Latin America Mining Operations||Nyrstar Us Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Aug 07, 2016||$375,000|
|Vice President, Enrollment Latin America||Hult International Business School||Groveland, FL||Aug 08, 2016||$370,000|
|Vice President, Enrollment Latin America||Hult International Business School||Groveland, FL||Jan 09, 2016||$370,000|
|Vice President of Regional Development and Operations||Weiss Rohlig USA||Elk Grove Village, IL||Dec 21, 2016||$174,825|
|VP Consumer Insights||Netflix||Beverly Hills, CA||Jun 23, 2016||$174,658|
|Vice President, Digital Content||Fox Digital Entertainment, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jun 04, 2016||$174,658|
|VP-Enterprise Tools & Solutions||Salient Federal Solutions, Inc.||Alexandria, VA||Jan 15, 2016||$174,533 -
|Vice President||Microcision LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Jul 09, 2016||$174,429|
|Vice President||Microcision LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Jan 10, 2016||$174,429|
|Vice President||Mizuho Bank, Ltd.||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2015||$173,846|
|VP, Investment & Corporate Banking, Energy Sector||BMO Capital Markets Corp||Houston, TX||Aug 31, 2015||$173,805|
|Vice President/Intermediate Associate||Goldman Sachs Services LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 10, 2016||$149,200|
|Vice President/Intermediate Associate||Goldman, Sachs & Co.||New York, NY||Jun 27, 2016||$149,200|
|VP Independent Model Review I||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||New York, NY||Mar 31, 2016||$149,136|
|Vice President||BNP Paribas||New York, NY||Sep 19, 2016||$149,136|
|Vice President/Intermediate Associate||Goldman, Sachs & Co.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2016||$149,100|
|Vice President||BNP Paribas RCC Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 04, 2016||$149,000|
|Vice President||Morgan Stanley & Co LLC||New York, NY||Aug 13, 2015||$149,000|
|Vice President, Leveraged Finance Group||Jefferies LLC||New York, NY||Mar 23, 2016||$149,000 -
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