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Chief Executives

Also called: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), President, Vice President

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What they do:
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
On the job, you would:
  • Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.
  • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.
  • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of a company or its staff in meeting objectives or to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.

Knowledge

Business
  • management
  • human resources (HR)
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • SAP software
Data base user interface and query software
  • AdSense Tracker
  • Microsoft Access
Human resources software
  • Halogen e360
  • Halogen ePraisal

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$171,610
per year, on average
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