With a bachelor's degree in health administration, you can supervise and manage employees at a hospital, medical facility or doctor's office, according to DegreeDirectory.org. Such a degree provides coursework in management, health care delivery, human resources, legal issues and marketing.
Graduates with bachelor's degrees in health administration usually start out as administrative assistants or assistant department heads in larger hospitals, or as department heads or assistant administrators in small hospitals/nursing care facilities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In large facilities, several assistant administrators help the top administrator handle decisions and fulfill duties involving clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery or health information. In smaller facilities, top administrators handle more of these roles, which include managing employees, finances and operations. In medical practices, administrators work closely with physicians to create business strategies. Jobs are also available at health care management companies that serve hospitals and other agencies, such as recruiting firms.
Health care administrators/service managers plan, coordinate, direct and supervise the evolving system of health care delivery. They are confronted with technology changes, increasingly complex regulations, changes in work structures and more focus on preventive care. Administrators usually work long hours and must be available at all times to handle difficulties. Travel to meetings or a satellite facility also is expected.
Health administration jobs are expected to grow faster than the average for all jobs from 2006 to 2016, according to the BLS. Home health care agencies and practitioners' offices should be the areas of the greatest, fastest growth as care relocates from hospitals to smaller sites. The median salary of health administrators in 2006 was $73,340, says the BLS, with the lowest 10 percent earning below $45,050 and the highest 10 percent making above $127,830.
Health administrators can advance by assuming positions of more responsibility, such as assistant or associate administrator, department head or chief executive officer. They also can become professors in health care management or serve as consultants. Health service managers can pursue a master's degree and find work as a supervisor or department head at larger medical practices, clinics or nursing care corporations.
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