We've already established that earning your bachelor's or master's degree can be a great way to get your foot in the door, but what healthcare administration careers are available to you once you enter the field?
Below is a summary of several positions you can obtain with a degree in healthcare administration.
Overview: Do you like the idea of overseeing a cozy but busy medical office? Healthcare managers have the important job of managing medical offices, including a nursing home’s office or a large medical center’s administrative department.
This role involves keeping an eye out for any billing problems, personnel issues, and dwindling medical supplies, as well as supervising the office budget and making sure departmental spending is on target.
National Average Salary: The median annual wage for healthcare managers was $104,280 in May 2020. However, it depends on where you work. Healthcare managers can potentially earn a median salary of about $86,820 while working in a nursing home or assisted-living facility; $91,600 while working in a doctor’s office; or $95,320 in an outpatient clinic.
Education Requirements: Medical and health services managers typically need a least a bachelor’s degree for entry-level and mid-level positions. A master’s degree may be preferred by employers seeking to fill upper healthcare management roles.
Job Outlook: 32% from 2019-2029
Overview: A medical records manager, or a health information manager, protects and oversees patient health data. This involves managing a clinical database, documenting a patient's information, and reviewing medical records.
Most medical records and health information specialists work full time. In healthcare facilities that are always open, such as hospitals, specialists may work evening or overnight shifts.
National Average Salary: According to Indeed, the national average salary for a medical records manager is $59,892 per year.
Education Requirements: A bachelor's degree in healthcare administration. Further certification in health information technology may also be required by employers.
Job Outlook: 8% from 2019-2029
Overview: Healthcare administrators plan, direct, and coordinate activities that help hospitals and offices run efficiently. These managers are responsible for making essential purchases, so the building never runs out of lifesaving and other important supplies. They also process paperwork, including confidential and sensitive data such as patient records.
Working in hospital administration is similar to working in a medical office, except that the experience is amplified. This role specifically involves more employees, more patients, and more work.
National Average Salary: The median annual wage for healthcare administrators was $87,970 in May 2020.
Education Requirements: A healthcare administration degree.
Job Outlook: 6% from 2019-2029.
Overview: Healthcare program managers are not as well-known among the healthcare professions, but they are crucial to medical offices, hospitals, and any public health company.
A program manager keeps track of all healthcare operations in the building, makes sure medical staff are assigned the correct patients, and ensures personnel have the equipment they need to deliver effective healthcare services. A program manager also keeps tabs on all departments to make sure they are following local and federal laws, as well as state-mandated guidelines.
Ultimately, this role involves looking at the data to make sure everything is operating efficiently, checking that supplies are well stocked, and ensuring that anyone undergoing an operation or other medical treatment has adequate staff taking care of them.
National Average Salary: According to the BLS, coordinating business activities for a healthcare firm commanded a median salary of $100,980 in 2019.
Education Requirements: As Zip Recruiter and other sources note, a healthcare administration employer in the healthcare administration industry may require a master’s degree. However, most will only require a business or healthcare administration degree.
Job Outlook: 32% from 2019-2029