Careers in Healthcare Administration

The health care industry is a business — money transactions are made every day, employees need guidance, and patients need assistance; and like with every other business, the healthcare industry needs managers to insure that operations run smoothly. That said, healthcare managers are responsible for directing and supervising the delivery of healthcare. Specific responsibilities will vary depending on whether one chooses to become a specialist healthcare manager or generalist healthcare manager, but generally specialists monitor a designated department or unit while generalist manage the entire facility.

Because of the ever increasing need for healthcare professionals, job prospects are predicated to be excellent and will grow about 22% by 2020, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Salary will vary depending on experience, level of education, and place of employment, but the median average annual salary for healthcare managers was $84,270 in 2010, according to the latest statistics available from the BLS.

Required Education for Healthcare Administration

Typically, only a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration is needed for an entry-level position, although master degrees are slowly becoming more common, the BLS states. It really just depends on individual healthcare facilities’ preferences. That said, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will learn all of the skills needed to organize healthcare systems, run finances, and build strong human resource skills.

Classes may include but are not limited to health personnel management, the healthcare system, marketing for health services organizations, and legal aspects of health administration. As a final degree requirement, most undergraduate students are also required to complete an internship in a healthcare facility.

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