Congratulations on deciding to start or advance your career in health administration!
The field of healthcare is in very high demand, and it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Your likelihood of finding a job in this field is very high compared to many other potential career paths that are available.
If you are an undergraduate student and are looking to find a Master level program that focuses on health administration, please begin by using the map on our schools page to find schools that are in your state of interest. This map tool makes it very easy to find some of the top schools and programs within your search area. We will be updating the links on the map regularly, so if your state does not have any information yet we will get to it soon!
A healthcare administrator is an individual who uses their business and healthcare expertise to guide a hospital, health system, clinic or other health-related institution. An administrator will generally have at least a Bachelor degree, but the trend in hiring is shifting heavily toward those who have a Master level education.
The role of an administrator is extremely important, and the financial and operational well being of a health organization relies heavily on the performance of an administrator. The need for individuals who have a firm understanding of the health field is growing rapidly as new healthcare laws and regulations are put in to place. In addition, a new wave of administrators will be needed to fill the vacant positions left by the baby boomer generation. Several more reasons why you’ve chosen a good field to get into.
Health Administrator Job Description
The job description for a health administrator will vary widely depending on what area of healthcare you are interested in.
In general, a health administrator focuses heavily on the day-to-day operation of health organizations. These organizations can be public, private or government run. They can also be for-profit or non-profit.
Administrators have a huge number of responsibilities that they must take on, and these responsibilities grow as they move up in the ranks of an organization. Here are just a few examples of the daily responsibilities of a health admin:
- Manage personnel and staffing
- Prepare and evaluate budgetary/financial data
- Make decisions pertaining to everyday operations
- Coordinate teams of health providers
- Coordinate projects pertaining to their specific departments
The list goes on and on, and it is very difficult to narrow down the specific job requirements for a healthcare administrator. Many times it depends on the specific department the admin is working in and at what level he or she is in the organization.
Job Opportunities and Outlook
The job outlook for healthcare in general is very good. This goes for the health admin field as well. With the aging of our population and the increased need for medical services, it is highly likely that the demand for health administrators is going to rise rapidly. Accoridng to salary.com, many of the fastest growing jobs between 2012 and 2020 will be in the healthcare field.
This graph from SimplyHired shows the trend in healthcare job growth over the past year. Job growth has been approximately 31% over the past year alone.
If you are currently looking for jobs in health administration, please visit our mapping section. This will provide an easy way for you to find jobs in your area that might fit your needs and interests. Remember that if you have a Master level education you are more likely to land a job at the administrative level. It also helps to have some previous work experience that related to the job. Healthcare is a very complicated industry, and it can be very difficult to jump into an administrative role without at least some health experience.
If you are very early in your career and are looking for experience you should think about applying for a fellowship. A fellowship will allow you to not only work in a hospital setting but also learn what areas of healthcare you are most interested in. This can be an incredible benefit since it gives you the opportunity to try multiple jobs before jumping into a permanent positions.
Healthcare Degrees in Administration
If you are an undergraduate student you might be thinking of continuing on to get your Master degree in something related to health administration. This will give you a leg up on the competition in the job market, and it will help prepare for a job in the complicated field of healthcare.
One of the difficult parts about applying for a Master degree is deciding which school to attend. Fortunately, we have made it easy for you to find schools in your geographical areas of interests by creating a mapping tool. The mapping tool will take you to a list of the best Master level health administration degree programs in a particular state, and each school will have useful information to help you narrow down your list of possibilities.
Remember when choosing a school that there are both online and on-campus options. They both have pros and cons that you should be aware of. These pros on cons are covered in detail on the administration degrees page.
Questions or Comments?
If you have specific questions regarding your career or schooling please feel free to send us a message on our contact page. We will respond to you as quickly as possible. Navigating through your career in healthcare can be very confusing at times, so it’s always nice to have a bit of guidance along the way.
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