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Health Care Leadership Careers

A career as a health care manager or administrator offers an opportunity to use leadership and business skills in a setting with the critical mission of offering care to the sick and injured. Applying one's business skills to aid a medical institution that provides compassionate health care can make for an engaging and meaningful career.

Whether a health care manager or administrator runs an individual department or an entire hospital, he or she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, work schedules, staff and record keeping for the organization.1

Careers in Health Care Leadership

A degree in health care leadership, like National Louis University's B.S. in Health Care Leadership, prepares graduates for leadership roles in a diverse range of health care organizations, including:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Physicians' offices
  • Medical supply and marketing companies
  • Health care education organizations
  • Managed care organizations

As the health care industry continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the population, the demand for health care leaders in positions other than those found in traditional hospital settings will increase, especially in areas such as:2

  • Finance
  • Government relations
  • Human resources
  • Information systems
  • Marketing
  • Medical staff relations
  • Nursing administration
  • Planning and development
  • Purchasing
  • Long term care administration
  • Public relations
  • Health informatics

Career Outlook: Medical and Health Services Managers

In 2012, approximately 315,000 professionals held medical and health services management positions, working primarily in health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and group medical practices. From 2012 to 2022, the employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 23 percent, adding 73,300 jobs — significantly faster than average for all occupations.3

This increased demand for medical services is due to the fact that the aging baby-boom generation is remaining active later in life. The rising number of patients increases demand for physicians, procedures and facilities — all of which require strong leadership to manage and organize staff, information and policies.4

The majority of medical and health services managers work full-time, and sometimes on weekends or overnight as needed for emergencies.5 Industries that employed the most medical and health services managers in 2012 included:6

  • State, local and private hospitals: 39 percent
  • Ambulatory health care services: 26 percent
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 11 percent
  • Government: 8 percent

In May 2012, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $88,580 annually or $42.59 hourly. The top 10 percent of professionals in the field earned more than $150,560 annually.7

Required Skills and Qualifications for Health Care Leaders

In addition to the academic training provided by a health care leadership or administration degree program from an accredited school, there are a number of other core skills and qualifications employers look for when considering candidates for leadership positions, including:8

  • A strong commitment to ethical business conduct
  • Commitment to continuing education and professional development
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong training, delegation, evaluation, coordination and negotiation skills
  • The ability to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • The willingness to make decisions and take responsibility for the results
  • Work experience (internships, fellowships and previous positions)
Source References [+]
  1. Greenwood, Beth. "Types of Jobs You Can Get With a Degree in Health-care Administration."
  2. "Career Resources."
  3. "Medical and Health Services Managers."
  4. "Medical and Health Services Managers: Job Outlook."
  5. "Medical and Health Services Managers: Pay."
  6. "Medical and Health Services Managers: Work Environment."
  7. "Medical and Health Services Managers: Pay."
  8. "Career Resources."

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