Healthcare Administration

 

Healthcare administrators plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the efficient delivery of healthcare services.

 

Doctor and his Health Administrators

Doctor and his Health Administrators

This is one of the lesser known, yet highly valuable and so well-paid area of the healthcare industry. Yes, we all know about our physicians and nurses, and their numerous aides, but do you also remember that healthcare is a business and, like every business, it needs good management to keep the business running smoothly?

What They Do:

Healthcare administrators plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the efficient delivery of healthcare services. The structure and financing of healthcare are changing rapidly. Future medical and health services managers must be prepared to deal with the integration of healthcare delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, restructuring of work, and an increased focus on preventive care. They will be called on to improve efficiency in healthcare facilities and the quality of the care provided.

Where They Work:

Healthcare administrators usually work in comfortable, private or shared office spaces. Many of them often work long hours. Because nursing care facilities and hospitals operate around the clock, administrators and managers who work in those facilities can be called at all hours to deal with problems. They also travel to attend meetings or to inspect satellite facilities.

How Much They Earn:

Employment is projected to grow faster than the average. Job opportunities are good, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business management skills. It will only get better for these professionals, as the new US massive health care reforms take effect. The healthcare industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring managers to help ensure smooth business operations.

And they are paid well for their expertise and work: Median annual wages of wage and salary medical and health services managers were $80,240 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,170 and $104,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $137,800.

Education and Certification:

A bachelors degree in Health Administration is the industry standard entry level requirement; you will need a masters degree and good work experience if you desire to climb to the top.

Medical and health services managers must be familiar with management principles and practices.

Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in health administration are offered by many accredited colleges; universities; and schools of public health, medicine, allied health, public administration, and business administration.