Business Executives


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Business Executives

Business Executives - Overview

Executives run companies or government agencies.

The business executive occupation covers many jobs. These positions include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Department store manager
  • Government executives
  • Small business operator

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.

Government executives oversee agencies that develop laws and regulations. They may meet with citizens to learn how they feel about issues.

The government executive occupation includes many jobs. They range from city council member, mayor, and governor, all the way up to President of the United States. Some of these positions are elected. Other officials are appointed to their jobs. In smaller communities, many of these jobs may be volunteer positions.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.