Health Administration Careers
Health services and healthcare administrators engage in a number of possible jobs, including finance and budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, capital improvements, human resources, operations management, quality control and improvement, health technology, policy, information technology, and strategic planning. Moreover, health and healthcare administrators are in many cases central to the implementation and management of new policies and procedures meant to address trends in the dynamic health services landscape.
As a result of the transformation taking place in health services, career options for administrators are becoming more diverse. Graduates of the MHA program at Hofstra University have entered a number of health services and healthcare administration fields (e.g., hospitals, managed care organizations, medical group practices, ambulatory care, long-term care, home health care facilities, insurance and pharmaceutical firms, consulting firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations).
Career Growth and Opportunities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects for medical and health service managers are likely favorable. The BLS estimates a 17 percent increase in employment for medical and health service managers from 2014-2024 relative to a 7 percent increase across all occupations and a 6 percent increase for management occupations.1 Notably, the BLS states that “candidates with a master’s degree in health administration or a related field, as well as knowledge of IT systems, will likely have the best prospects.”2
Growth in the demand for medical and health services managers is not limited to hospitals as the BLS notes. For instance, as baby boomers age, demand for nursing home administrators should increase and as medical group practices grow, demand for managers of these practices should increase as well.