Medical and health service managers are the magicians behind the scene that keep a healthcare organization running smoothly.
Medical managers are also known as healthcare executives or healthcare administrators. The responsibilities for these positions vary wildly. Healthcare management professionals may specialize in marketing, finance, scheduling, compliance, and more.
Clinical managers create goals for departments, measure progress, look for ways to improve direct healthcare services, create work schedules, and manage their department’s budget. Healthcare information managers specialize further and are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data, which means they have to stay on top of all legal requirements and industry trends.
Healthcare management professional titles range from entry-level assistants to an executive responsible for managing the entire facility. Executives often have advanced degrees and always have years of experience.
The majority of healthcare management professionals are employed by hospitals or outpatient care centers. They may also work in smaller clinics or with a single physician, in nursing homes or residential care, and some transfer over to positions with major insurance companies. There are also various positions within local, state, and federal governments.
Because the responsibilities and titles vary so much across the broader category of “healthcare management professional,” so do the salaries. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, management-level positions pay an average of $86,820 in nursing homes and residential care facilities and an average of $101,000 for positions in hospitals and clinics.
It takes an army of administratively-focused people to make a hospital run smoothly. Because they fill so many supporting functions, the positions are always in high demand.
As healthcare service demand and spend continue to climb in the United States, healthcare organizations remain in a growth trajectory. Healthcare management professional positions are projected to increase by 32% in the next ten years.
Note: If you already have a degree in business administration, finance, marketing, or other disciplines, exploring a certificate program in healthcare administration is an excellent option for getting your foot in the door. You are also likely eligible for healthcare administration specific masters programs without a healthcare management specific undergraduate degree.
Check out the following associations for more information on education options: