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 23% from 2012 to 2022, 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 2012 were $85,580, with the lowest 10% earning less than $53,940 and the highest 10% earning more than $150,560.
Employment is predicted to grow most in health practitioner offices and medical group practice management. An increased demand for nursing care facility administrators is also expected.
A master’s degree in health sciences, health administration, or business administration is the preferred credential for entry-level management positions in the field.
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