A Career as a Business Executive

Tayler James Lehmann

Career Overview

Business executives are in charge of their organization. They create and review goals for the company. They work closely with a team of upper-level staff or assistants to achieve company goals. They meet with the managers of all the departments and get progress reports.

Business executives' duties depend on how many people are on their staff. Some executives oversee general managers in different areas. Other executives hire and train new staff. In larger organizations, they may direct one area, such as marketing, finance, or legal services.

Business executives are responsible for developing relationships with people outside the organization. Executives may give speeches at conferences or serve on the boards of community groups.

In addition, business executives oversee budgets. They use budgets to analyze how well the organization is running. Executives also negotiate contracts with outside agencies.

Career Skills and Interests


    • Understand spoken information.
    • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
    • Speak so listeners understand the information.
    • Listen to others and ask questions.
    • Reason and Problem Solve
    • Judge the costs and benefits of a possible action.
    • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Recognize the nature of a problem.
    • Recognize when important changes happen or are likely to happen in a system.

    Use Math and Science

    • Choose a mathematical method or formula to solve problems.
    • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide quickly and correctly.
    • Use math skills to solve problems.

Career Working Conditions

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of interaction with staff and the public.
  • Communicate by telephone, e-mail, letters, memos, and in person on a daily basis.
  • Regularly work as a part of team.
  • Occasionally speak in front of large groups.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. Rarely work outdoors unless they are playing golf with clients or attending outdoor events.
  • May travel to and from work locations in a truck or car.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all the details of the job are performed. In some cases, they make sure that their employees are following through with the details.
  • Must be very exact in keeping records. If a government executive could not account for where money was spent, the consequences would be serious.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact clients, employees, and their company's performance and reputation.
  • Make nearly all their decisions without consulting others.

Career Wages and Outlook

In business, pay varies based on the amount of responsibility and how long executives have worked for the firm. It also varies by the type, size, and location of the firm. For example, top managers who work for very large corporations usually earn more than those at small companies.

In government, executive pay varies widely. It may vary by the size of the government unit. It also varies by whether the position is year round or part time. States with more people, such as New York, pay more than small states, such as Arkansas. City governments tend to pay more than county.

In addition to pay, business executives receive other perks. They may receive company stocks and yearly bonuses. They may be given company cars, expense accounts, and access to executive dining rooms. Other benefits include paid health and life insurance plans. Some executives are given club memberships and limousines with drivers. Those who are self-employed must provide their own insurance.


Business management and administration programs teach people the skills to be managers and leaders in business.

Students learn the fundamentals of business, including:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Management theory
  • Organizational psychology

Students in a bachelor’s degree program may have the opportunity to concentrate in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Customer service management
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Research and development management

Typical Course Work

A bachelor's degree program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Business Law
  • Business Writing
  • Calculus for Business
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management and Organization
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics for Business
  • Writing

Programs that lead to an associate degree cover a more limited selection of the same subjects.

Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

  • Economics
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Business
  • Psychology
  • Public Speaking
  • Trigonometry

School that Offer My program


College Choice- Morris Minnesota

College Info

Size and location: Location is Morris Minnesota and size is around 2000 students

Admission Requirements: Take Act

College Expenses: My expenses will be books,food, room and board, Laptop, Paper and things to write with

Financial Aid: Native American Scholarship and Academic Excellence

Housing: First year forced to live on Collage. Then after first year where ever you want to live

Activities: Football, Gun Club, Collage Republican, Students for life, Conservative News.

Summary of Informational Interview

1. They job is not always easy but it can be fun

2. I liked that you can accomplish something and see your work when you are done. I don't like the long hours and could get tiring.

3.yes. I see now the concerns are not that great and advantages get better the longer you work there

4. If you work hard enough you can do just about any thing

5. no not really besides things that already intertwine with the job

6. outside the whole time even what it is hot or cold temperatures

7. Maybe but I wouldn't want to do it my whole life

Plans to Reach your Goal

Keep working with Construction to gain experience and get better. Ask questions so I understand things better. Go to collage and get and degree. But first do good on ACT so I can go to collage