Medical and Health Services Manager
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
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:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 median income was $96,540 per year.
Where They Work:
Most medical and health services managers work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices.
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited December 2017).
Updated November 2018