Career Opportunities

Health Care Management Career Opportunities:
The health care industry is expanding and diversifying. This will be more so when the Patient Protection and Affordability Act is fully implemented. A baccalaureate degree in health care management opens the door to the administrative side of health care. Heath care managers have an enormous impact on promoting and supporting the quality of care patients receive from providers. Their job is to improve the overall delivery of health care and make it available to larger numbers of people at lower costs. 

Jobs in Health Care Management:
Health care managers are in heavy demand in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Health care organizations of every size and type need strong health care management. Potential employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Research institutions
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Mental health facilities

Promoting Health Through Health Care Management:
Health care management professionals organize the resources needed for health care delivery and integrate them into effective health care organizations. Their responsibilities cover a wide range of duties, including:

  • Managing hospitals, clinics, and provider’s offices.
  • Setting long-range strategies for health care organizations.
  • Acquiring and upgrading health care technology.
  • Analyzing budgets and overseeing billing, insurance, and financial operations.
  • Hiring and supervising doctors, nurses, and other specialized personnel.
  • Developing marketing and public relations campaigns.
  • Leading fund-raising activities.
  • Setting performance and quality standards and measuring outcomes.
  • Operating food service, gift shop, and volunteer services.

Potential Salaries:
The primary determining factors for salaries for health care managers will be the specific job title, responsibilities, experience of applicant, geographic location of the job, and type of health care organization. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care managers' employment outlook in 2010-20 is 22 percent, which is faster than average for all professions, and the median income is $84,270 compared to all other occupations at $33,840. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,280, and the top 10 percent earned greater that $144,880. This is consistent with salary ranges reported in the Pay Scale Report as follows:

PayScale.com  

Practice Managers
$ 30,750–$87,474 
Operations Manager
$ 55,369–$98,336 
Licensed Nursing Home Administrators
$ 61,042–$100,841 
Practice Administrators
$ 50,000–$76,750 
Executive Director
$ 32,179–$73,698 
Assisted Living Executive Director
$ 45,781–$55,717