Chief Executive at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Chief Executive

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Best States for Chief Executive

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 12,630 $196,130 $94
Tennessee 10,520 $153,720 $74
District of Columbia 5,010 $184,980 $89

Becoming a Chief Executive

To start a chief executive career, candidates will need to have sufficient education background and professional experience. Additional factors will improve a candidate's chances of securing a chief executive position, but they aren't typically requirements for most chief executive jobs. In terms of education, chief executives must have at least a bachelor's degree and preferably a master's. Majors that provide the best preparation for chief executive positions are business administration, public administration, liberal arts, and law.

Degrees in these subjects address many of the fundamental elements they will deal with as chief executives, such as business management, communication, and human resources. Chief executive jobs require a vast amount of managerial ability, so even if the major isn't necessarily related to the subject, courses in management should be incorporated to the degree program. Additionally, it can be helpful to take courses pertaining specifically towards the industry a chief executive will be working in:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Public Administration
  • Law

In addition to the education requirements, candidates seeking chief executives careers can further increase the likelihood of being hired by gaining experience in the field. Since managerial experience is so crucial to the position of chief executive, entry-level jobs that lead to management can be a good starting place. With additional experience candidates can be promoted to higher levels of management, eventually leading to the possibility of advancing into a chief executive position, or at least providing enough experience to make the candidate eligible to apply for a CEO job. To further bolster the resume, potential chief executives can choose to pursue Certified Manager (CM) certification from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.