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Medical and Health Services Managers

What they do:

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Tasks might include:

  • Improving efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services

  • Keeping up to date on new laws and regulations

  • Managing finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing

  • Creating work schedules

  • Keeping and organizing records of the facility’s services

  • Representing the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards

  • Communicating with members of the medical staff and department heads

  • Supervising assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to have them

Qualifications:

At minimum a bachelor’s degree is generally need to enter this profession. And many medical and health services managers also have master’s degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public health, public administration, or business administration.

What they make:

The median salary was $94,500 per year or $45.43 per hour in 2015.

Where they work:

Most medical and health services managers work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices.

Outlook:

Demand for workers in this profession is expected to grow by 17% between 2014 and 2024, faster than average for all occupations. Key areas of growth include nursing care facilities, medical group practices, and offices of health practitioners.

 

Updated November 2016 with information provided by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)