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Opportunities in Health Care Administration

As the nation's population continues to age and grow, the health care industry, as a whole, will expand throughout the coming years. In fact, this industry is projected to create more jobs during this decade than any other industry in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Although many individuals only believe job opportunities are available for specialists such as doctors, dentists and nurses, administration positions are also plentiful within the industry.

Administrators are critical team members of health care facilities throughout the country. While organizing and managing the delivery of health care to patients within specific health facilities, administrators typically oversee the operations and functionalities of clinical departments, hospitals and offices.

Without the active leadership of health care administrators, hospitals and offices would simply be unable to provide quality care and service to thousands of American patients on a daily basis.

As a result, the following health care administration positions are currently available in medical facilities throughout all regions of the United States.

  1. Nursing Home Administrators                                                                          

What they do: While managing nursing home facilities, administrators are primarily focused on overseeing the budgets, assets and staff members of their offices. Administrators must ensure their colleagues are offering patients high quality care and comfort within a clean, dependable and safe facility.   

What they need: All administrators are required to earn a bachelor's degree; complete a training program, as approved by individual states; successfully pass a licensure examination and ultimately obtain advanced education, often in the form of a master's degree.   

What they earn: $414,390 average salary*

  1. Health Information Managers

What they do: Above all else, health information managers must maintain patient records and ensure that all patient information remains private and secure. Such records generally include information regarding patient prescriptions, diagnoses, surgeries and office visits.

As a result of the federal government's recent implementation of health informatics, the maintenance of electronic patient records, managers should have a vast knowledge of computer programming, as well as software and hardware technology. Managers must also confirm the accuracy, privacy and inclusiveness of their patients' electronic medical records.       

What they need: Managers need a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited       college or university; many managers also obtain master's degrees in health services administration or other associated fields. Some managers may also acquire certification as a registered health information administrator (RHIA) from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

What they earn: $81,071 average salary*

  1. Clinical Managers

What they do: Clinical managers generally have extensive experience in a specialized medical field, such as physical therapy, orthopedics, or gastroenterology. Such managers will typically implement office budgets; oversee employee work performances; develop departmental guidelines and confirm their facilities offer the highest quality patient care, security and service possible.

What they need: Employers only hire managers who have earned bachelor's degrees; however, many managers also obtain master's degrees in business administration, public health, or health services administration, among other educational specialties. In doing so, managers will likely receive more job and advancement opportunities within the field.

What they earn: $51,167 average salary*

* Salary information listed is the average figure from

Last Updated: 07/03/2011 - 5:05 PM

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