Engineers Trounce Other Degrees and Make Up Largest Number of S&P 500 CEO’s

Here are some interesting statistics about the educational make up of the S&P 500 CEO’s in 2008. It turns out that 22% of the 500 CEO’s had an engineering degree. Even more interesting is the observation that 47% of the CEO’s had received degrees which rely heavily on mathematics – Engineering, Economics, and Accounting. The most common thread among the CEO’s was that 40% had worked in operations. Most CEO’s held either operations (31% ) or finance ( 17% ) positions just before getting their current position.

This result is an interesting contrast to the education that engineering programs give their graduates. What would the percentage of engineers as CEO’s and managers be if programs required a single course in business?

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