Career Moves: Medical & Health Services Managers

Highlights

Job opportunities will be good, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business and management skills.

A master's degree is the standard credential, although a bachelor's degree is adequate for some entry-level positions.

Medical and health services managers typically work long hours and may be called at all hours to deal with problems.

Job Outlook

Employment is projected to grow faster than the average. Job opportunities should be good, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business management skills.

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent 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.

Earnings

Median annual wages of wage and salary medical and health services managers were $80,240 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,170 and $104,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $137,800.

Your Education

Medical and health services managers must be familiar with management principles and practices. A master's degree in health services administration, long-term care administration, health sciences, public health, public administration, or business administration is the standard credential for most generalist positions in this field. However, a bachelor's degree is adequate for some entry-level positions in smaller facilities, at the departmental level within healthcare organizations, and in health information management. Physicians' offices and some other facilities hire those with on-the-job experience instead of formal education.

Source

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

For more information on this career track, visit the BLS website.

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