In the years ahead, few market segments in the world are expected to create more jobs – and require more new leaders – than the health care industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics expects that by 2018, more than 45,000 new health services executives will be needed to lead the hundreds of thousands of additional administrators, doctors, nurses, and staffers hired to meet health care needs in America.1
The online Master of Science in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s University is designed to give this new generation of leaders the practical knowledge and skills required to guide health care organizations through a rapidly growing and evolving business landscape. The health administration career outlook is a positive one.
Jobs in Health Administration
- Medical Health and Service Manager
- Hospital Administrator
- Health Services Manager
- Operations Manager
- Health Informatics Specialist
- Clinical Analyst
- Clinical Informatics Manager
Health Administration Salaries and Job Growth
Medical health and service managers earn a median income of $94,500 and have an expected growth rate of 17 percent.1
Average annual salaries in health informatics range from $61,050 to $92,819.2
What Does a Health Administrator Do?
Health administrators handle the business side of health care, so roles and responsibilities can vary widely. Some handle specific tasks, such as guiding the implementation of new systems (such as electronic health records) or organizational processes that help streamline and improve the delivery of care. Others help ensure that all departments in a facility or facilities are meeting regulatory and legal requirements. They may review financial records to find ways to manage costs while optimizing patient care. Higher-level health administrators work together with clinicians to improve the quality of health care while managing costs and promoting efficiency.
Health administrators who specialize in informatics organize, assess, and analyze large amounts of health care data to improve workflow and optimize clinical and administrative information systems. You may create database systems or implement processes that support clinical practice and other aspects of health organizations. As health data is sensitive, informaticists must always be mindful of laws and regulations regarding privacy and other patient rights.
Health administrators can find employment in a variety of settings. Top facilities and fields for medical health and service managers (and their average salaries in those settings) include1:
- Hospitals ($102,060)
- Government ($101,190)
- Physician offices ($85,600)
- Home health care ($82,430)
- Nursing homes and residential care facilities ($78,540)
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