Chief Executive Officers

Apple CEO, Tim Cook

The chief executive officer is the highest ranking executive in a corporation or other organization. He or she oversees company operations, develops strategies for short- and long-term growth, and works closely with other top executives to ensure that goals are met and their organization runs smoothly. Chief executive officers (CEOs) typically report to a board of directors. Approximately 248,760 CEOs are employed in the United States. At some companies, CEOs may be known as presidents or chief executives. At nonprofit organizations, the position of CEO is known as executive director.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chief Executives, Executive Directors, Presidents
Duties Provide overall direction, goals, and strategies for companies and organizations; make key decisions about company business practices, products, and services; manage executive-level staff; coordinate with a board of directors
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large cities and metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Speech
Experience Several years in lower level management positions of increasing responsibility required
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Board Member
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Senior-Level Management Positions
  • Lower-Level Management Positions
  • Management Trainee