Chief executives and managing directors determine, formulate and review the general policy programs and the overall direction of organisations within the framework established by boards of directors and similar governing bodies.

Where chief executives and managing directors are employed

Chief executives and managing directors administer industrial, commercial and government organisations. They may do this on their own or through a team of senior executives. They may be required to travel within Australia and internationally. Chief executives and managing directors work in an office environment during normal business hours but are often required to work longer hours that may include evenings and weekends.


Full-time chief executives and managing directors in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scale for Chief executive and managing director

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 2,897 people employed full-time as chief executives and managing directors in South Australia compared with 3,103 in 2006.

How to become one

Skills are usually developed through on-the-job training or in-house courses following recruitment by a company and advancement to supervisory and management positions.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in business, management or another area that is relevant to your organisation's area of business (engineering, for example) followed by a postgraduate qualification in business administration or management. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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