Health care executives and administrators plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care services throughout the many different organizations that make up the health care industry. With the increasingly complex nature of the health care industry, health care executives and administrators are required to find solutions to much more difficult problems in order to ensure that the delivery of health care services in the U.S. provides high-quality care while maintaining cost-effectiveness.
These professionals hold various leadership roles at various places including:
- Medical facilities
- Managed care organizations
- Long-term care facilities
- State and local public health departments
- Provider offices
- Non-profit organizations
- Health-related agencies at both the state and federal level
Health care executives and administrators are involved in the management of all aspects of the health care delivery system including financing, advancements in medical knowledge and technologies, regulatory compliance, policy development and implementation, marketing and business development, human resources, daily operations, and much more.
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Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16% from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The healthcare industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring managers to help ensure smooth business operations
The median earnings for medical and health services managers in May 2008 were $80,240, with the lowest 10% earning less than $48,300 and the highest 10% earning more than $137,800
Hospitals will continue to employ the most medical and health services managers from 2008-2018, however the greatest growth will be in provider offices and medical group practice managemet
A master’s degree in health sciences, health administration, or business administration is the standard credential for entry-level management positions in the field.