Career Outlook 

Overview:

Health administrators/managers plan, direct and coordinate delivery of health care services in the variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, insurance companies, long-term care facilities, adult day care, medical equipment companies, home health care agencies, and similar organizations.  They can manage the entire facility, a specific department, or an area of service within specific department or work as consultants.  

What they do:

Duties of healthcare administrators may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Keep up to date on new laws and regulations so the facility complies with them
  • Prepare materials and follow due-diligence processes for physicians recruitment and privileges granting
  • Hire, supervise, and fire other personnel
  • Manage finances and supervise utilization and procurement management efforts
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads
  • Develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies
  • Research and create development and improvement strategies

How much they get paid:

In 2017, the median pay was $84,270 per year, the lowest pay was $35,840 per year, and the highest pay with Master degree was  $144,880.

Number of jobs in 2018:  323,000

Job Outlook for 2015-2020:  22% faster than average

Projected employment growth for 2015-2020:  68,000 jobs.

Source: United States Department of Labor.  Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm