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Healthcare Administrator

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians.

Job Outlook

• Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This increase will in turn result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and staffs in the healthcare industry. There will likely be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as well as baby boomers age.

Employment is expected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is expected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex. health care information processing, retention, storage & retrieval


• Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
• Keep up to date on new laws and regulations so the facility complies with them
of patient information, as well as financial, medical & administrative data
• Be skilled in the classifying & coding of diagnosis procedures &
• Supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them
• Manage finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
• Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
• Keep and organize records of the facilityŐs services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
• Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads
• Create work schedules


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How to Become a HealthCare Administrator

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelorŐs degree before entering the field; however, masterŐs degrees also are common. Requirements vary by facility.


Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelorŐs degree to enter the occupation. However, masterŐs degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public health, public administration, or business administration also are common. Prospective medical and health services managers have a bachelor's degree in health administration. These programs prepare students for higher level management jobs than programs that graduate students with other degrees. Courses needed for a degree in health administration often include hospital organization and management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems. Some programs allow students to specialize in a particular type of facility, such as a hospital, a nursing care home, a mental health facility, or a group medical practice. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience.

Work Experience

Although bachelorŐs and masterŐs degrees are the most common educational pathways to work in this field, some facilities may hire those with on-the-job experience instead of formal education. For example, managers of physical therapy may be experienced physical therapists who have administrative experience. For more information, see the profile on physical therapists.


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