Investing.com – You might think that business is the best degree for aspiring CEOs, but you are actually better off studying computer science or economics.
That’s one of the conclusions of a LinkedIn (NYSE:) study of 12,000 of its users who have the title of CEO at companies with 50 or more employees.
It turns out, a business degree is the third most popular field of study for CEOS. Computer science is first by a wide margin. Economics is second.
And you don’t have to go to Harvard Business School, either. Stanford University actually ranks number one, followed by Penn State University, one of two public universities in the top five.
And once you graduate and take that first job, you’ll want to find a spot as a consultant. More CEOs started that way than in any other job.
Finally, be prepared to change companies to become a CEO. The survey found that 80% of the bosses at the biggest companies–ones with 1,000 or more employees–were hired from the outside.
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