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Become A Vice President

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Working As A Vice 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

  • $135,755

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President Do

The vice president's primary responsibilities are managing a particular department or business units, usually responsible for the growth and development of the business externally as well as developing the staff internally.

How To Become A Vice 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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Vice President Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    63.9%
  • Female

    33.0%
  • Unknown

    3.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.3%
  • Asian

    9.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.7%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    39.5%
  • French

    12.3%
  • Chinese

    7.4%
  • Mandarin

    6.6%
  • German

    5.4%
  • Portuguese

    3.9%
  • Italian

    3.9%
  • Japanese

    3.7%
  • Russian

    2.4%
  • Arabic

    2.4%
  • Korean

    2.3%
  • Cantonese

    2.1%
  • Hindi

    1.9%
  • Carrier

    1.2%
  • Vietnamese

    1.2%
  • Greek

    1.1%
  • Hebrew

    0.9%
  • Urdu

    0.8%
  • Tagalog

    0.5%
  • Dutch

    0.5%
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Real Vice President Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President Blackrock Financial Management, Inc. New York, NY Nov 18, 2016 $569,751 -
$667,840
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 -
$505,000
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 -
$450,000
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 -
$200,000
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 -
$200,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President

FinancialStatementsStrategicPartnershipsProductDevelopmentRevenueGrowthRegulatoryCompliancePortfolioBusinessDevelopmentPCustomerServiceClientRelationshipsOversightRealEstateWebAdditionalAssetBusinessUnitAuditEquityProjectManagementPayroll

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Top Vice President Skills

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Strategic Partnerships
  3. Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed external audits, and all financial statements were successfully audited without issues.
  • Secured $1,000+ for programming through strategic partnerships with campus departments and organizations
  • Consulted with clients to enable Ringleader technology and assisted with product development.
  • Executed organizational turnaround to positive revenue growth, exceeding plan and net income plan by $2M within the first year.
  • Created, developed and managed the regulatory Compliance database for all consumer and community banking lines of businesses.

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