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11-1011.00 - Chief Executives


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.


Key Facts
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Bright Outlook
Career Details
Green Job
Career Details
Current Employment
343,400
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Forecasted Employment
339,400
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Change in Employment
-4,100
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Change in Employment %
-1.2%
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Tasks
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Tasks
The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
Core
  • Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.
  • Confer with board members, organization officials, or staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, or resolve problems.
  • 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.
  • Direct, plan, or implement policies, objectives, or activities of organizations or businesses to ensure continuing operations, to maximize returns on investments, or to increase productivity.
  • Prepare budgets for approval, including those for funding or implementation of programs.
  • Negotiate or approve contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other organizational entities.
  • Review reports submitted by staff members to recommend approval or to suggest changes.
  • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.
  • Direct human resources activities, including the approval of human resource plans or activities, the selection of directors or other high-level staff, or establishment or organization of major departments.
  • Preside over, or serve on, boards of directors, management committees, or other governing boards.
  • Prepare or present reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, government statutes or rulings, or other items affecting businesses or program services.
  • Establish departmental responsibilities and coordinate functions among departments and sites.
  • Implement corrective action plans to solve organizational or departmental problems.
  • Coordinate the development or implementation of budgetary control systems, recordkeeping systems, or other administrative control processes.
  • Deliver speeches, write articles, or present information at meetings or conventions to promote services, exchange ideas, or accomplish objectives.
  • Interpret and explain policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals.
  • Administer programs for selection of sites, construction of buildings, or provision of equipment or supplies.
  • Direct or conduct studies or research on issues affecting areas of responsibility.
  • Review and analyze legislation, laws, or public policy and recommend changes to promote or support interests of the general population or special groups.
Supplemental
  • Direct or coordinate activities of businesses or departments concerned with production, pricing, sales, or distribution of products.
  • Direct non-merchandising departments, such as advertising, purchasing, credit, or accounting.
  • Serve as liaisons between organizations, shareholders, and outside organizations.
  • Nominate citizens to boards or commissions.
  • Make presentations to legislative or other government committees regarding policies, programs, or budgets.
  • Refer major policy matters to elected representatives for final decisions.
  • Direct or coordinate activities of businesses involved with buying or selling investment products or financial services.
  • Attend and participate in meetings of municipal councils or council committees.
  • Organize or approve promotional campaigns.
  • Conduct or direct investigations or hearings to resolve complaints or violations of laws, or testify at such hearings.
  • Represent organizations or promote their objectives at official functions, or delegate representatives to do so.
  • Prepare bylaws approved by elected officials, and ensure that bylaws are enforced.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Administration and Management
  • 95%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 82%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 82%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 English Language
  • 81%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Law and Government
  • 78%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 Economics and Accounting
  • 74%
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 Mathematics
  • 68%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 66%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Education and Training
  • 65%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Sales and Marketing
  • 65%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 Psychology
  • 62%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 Communications and Media
  • 54%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 Clerical
  • 53%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Production and Processing
  • 53%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 Sociology and Anthropology
  • 52%
    Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Media storage devices
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
 Computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Halogen e360
  • Halogen ePraisal
  • Human resource information system HRIS
  • Infor SSA Human Capital Management
  • HCSS HeavyBid
  • HCSS HeavyJob
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Microsoft SharePointHOT
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Finance accounting and enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • ComputerEase Construction Accounting
  • Fund accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooksHOT
  • Sage 50 Accounting
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP softwareHOT
  • Microsoft DynamicsHOT
  • Microsoft Dynamics AXHOT
  • Microsoft Dynamics GPHOT
  • Oracle E-Business SuiteHOT
  • Oracle PeopleSoftHOT
  • SAPHOT
  • Microsoft FRx
  • Exact Software Macola ES Labor Performance
  • Norchard Solutions Succession Wizard
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Graphic presentation software
  • SmugMug FlickrHOT
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Mentimeter
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
  • Microsoft Publisher
 Content management software
  • Atlassian JIRAHOT
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AcrobatHOT
 Data management and query software
  • Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge
  • Oracle Siebel Server Sync
  • Relational database management softwareHOT
  • Database reporting software
  • AdSense Tracker
  • Databox
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Structured query language SQLHOT
 Development software
  • Extensible markup language XMLHOT
  • PHP: Hypertext PreprocessorHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Lyris HQ Web-Analytics Solution
  • Nedstat Sitestat
  • Online advertising reporting software
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • Listserv software
  • Microsoft OutlookHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
 Specialty
 Advanced
 Core
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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Northern Virginia Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Peninsula Community College
Virginia Western Community College
Wytheville Community College
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