Overview

Healthcare services administrator/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, 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.1

What They Do

Typically health services administrators perform the following duties:

  • 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
  • Supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them
  • Manage finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • 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

How Much They Get Paid

In 2010 the median pay was $84,270 per year, the lowest pay with Bachelor degree was $33,840 per year and the highest pay with bachelor degree was $91,440. Highest pay with Master degree was $144,880.

  • Number of jobs in 2010: 303,000
  • Job Outlook for 2010-2020: employment projected to grow by 22% faster than average of all occupations.
  • Employment growth for 2010-2020: 68,000 jobs.

Graduates can also seek employment in state and local Departments of Public Health. Nationwide, the number of public health employees eligible for retirement is expected to rise from 18% in 2010 to 27% in 2014. There would be approximately 160,000 employees working in local public health agencies and 107,000 employees working in state public health agencies.2

1. Source: United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2. Look for more info at Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and at National Association of Local Boards of Health