The need for medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 23 percent* from 2012 to 2022.
Why Health Services Administration?
- Median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $88,580* in 2012 (up over $4,000 since 2010).
- An excellent career ladder from which many people can pursue different roles in various sectors of healthcare throughout their careers.
- Play a valued role in impacting the health of populations within your community.
- Educational matriculation to masters and doctoral programs is available nationwide.
Those hired in this field may:
- Work to improve efficiency and quality in service delivery;
- Stay abreast of regulations to maintain organization compliance;
- Supervise assistant facility administrators
- Manage facility finances (patient fees and billing)
- Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
- Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads
Sample job descriptions include:
- Nursing home administrators that manage staff, admissions, finances and care of the building and the care of the residents in nursing homes.
- Clinical managers that manage a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.
- Health information managers that are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology and current or proposed laws about health information systems. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel.
- Assistant administrators that work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information.
**New graduates should expect to earn less than the median salary for entry-level positions.