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One of the fastest growing, and highest demand, career professions in the healthcare industry today is in the dynamic field of Healthcare Management. Hospital and insurance institutions continue to expand in order to meet the increasing demand of our aging population. The need for qualified new healthcare management graduates to manage these organizations effectively has never been greater.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Healthcare Managers and Healthcare Executives will exceed the average growth of all US occupations through the year 2014. The majority of recruiting will be driven from general medical and surgical hospitals, home health care services, outpatient care centers, and the offices of physicians and other health care practitioners. (BLS)

Earning Potential
Medical and health services managers are well compensated for their efforts, with earnings potential generally exceeding $115,000 per year, depending on the size and type of facility and the level of responsibility. (BLS)

Career Fields
Graduates with Bachelor's degrees may qualify for careers in: Healthcare Information Technology , Healthcare Insurance Administrator , HIPPA Administrator , Medical Claims Examiners , Medical Billing & Coding , Medical Office Manager , and several others. While graduates with Master's degrees in health services administration, public administration, public health, long-term care administration, business administration, or health sciences typically can pick and choose from any healthcare career direction.

Typically, managers in the heath care fields are responsible for effectively running divisions within a hospital profitably, while insuring that patient care and maintenance facilities operate at optimal effectiveness. These business leaders oversee very diverse functions including staff management, insurance & Medicare compliance, analyzing market demand for specialized services such as expensive MRI equipment, fiscal management and more.

By drawing upon educational training and personal experience, the healthcare management professional is able to analyze the past and present state of the facility, in order to set an expansive strategic direction for the future. Given the medical field is constantly evolving, healthcare management professionals must be able to adapt quickly in order to capitalize on new challenges and opportunities. Healthcare managers and administrators solve critical issues including constrained patient capacity, increased regulatory burdens, hospital worker shortages, and treatment in the face of a growing number of uninsured. (AHA)

It can take time to obtain the necessary training and experience to work in a large medical establishment, so getting on the right career path early can help. By speaking with a school representative, you can lean more about the unique aspects of the various career directions that interest you.

Select the Healthcare Management program that interests you most, from the left of this page, and get all your questions answered by a school administrator today.

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
American Hospital Association (AHA)

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