Healthcare Administration Jobs: More Options for a Career in the Medical Field

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There is no doubt that the healthcare sector is one of the most desirable sectors for a rewarding career because it has a variety of well paying jobs and healthcare is a necessity. With the baby boomers reaching retirement the need for healthcare professionals is projected to continue to increase. When we think about careers in the medical field we immediately think of doctors, nursing jobs, pharmacists, dentists, and other licensed medical professionals. For these career options a higher degree, more years in college, and a sizable college loan or financial support from family is required. For many, these professions are not an option because of competition to enter professional colleges, cost, and time it takes to receive these professional degrees. Those who are unable to join the ranks of the top medical professions can still join the medical field through other supportive roles such as medical technologist jobs, physician assistants, pharmacy technicians, and many others.

For those not interested in science there are opportunities in the business aspects of the healthcare industry. As our healthcare system has gotten increasingly more complex and cost of care has increased, the need for business professionals has also increased. This need is also fueled by reduced reimbursement for care, consolidation of hospitals into health systems and most importantly managed care. More recently accountable care organizations (ACOs) have also joined the party. All these trends have increased the need for professionals who manage the business of healthcare while medical experts focus on managing patients.

This types of healthcare professional or field is known by various names, including healthcare administration, health management, healthcare management, health administration, medical and health services management, and health systems management. These professionals hold titles such as hospital administrator, healthcare executives, managed care executive, healthcare consultants, and many more. The educational credentials for healthcare administration professionals include Masters of Public Health (MPH), Master of Business Administration in Hospital Management (MBA-HM), Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), and Master of Public Administration. Some may also have medical degrees such as Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Doctor of Medicine (MD), or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Healthcare administration is the business aspect of healthcare and is responsible for establishing policy, managing reimbursement issues, hiring personnel, ensuring compliance with laws, tracking and measuring quality of care, enforcing guidelines, purchasing drugs and durable goods, and making sure that the healthcare organization is financially sound. Essentially, they manage healthcare services in clinics, hospitals, hospital systems, managed care organizations, public health agencies, ACOs, long-term care facilities, and other health organizations. In the last few years healthcare administration jobs have proliferated and the bureau of labor projects 16% growth or 45,400 additional jobs from 2008 to 2016, faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Salaries for healthcare administrators can range from $48,300 to over $130,000 annually.

There are many ways to find healthcare administration jobs. These days, healthcare job boards are available over the internet. Whether you are looking for medical jobs, healthcare administration jobs, healthcare consulting jobs, or managed care jobs, you can find all healthcare jobs posted across the web via these job boards. Moreover, some job boards also offer healthcare networks where you can connect with other job seekers, doctors, consultants, employers, and peers from all over the world. By using these niche healthcare social media websites, you can communicate and network with other professionals to find your ideal opportunity.

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Dr. Omudhome Ogbru is a pharmacist, CEO and founder of RxEconsult, a social healthcare network for healthcare consulting, healthcare small businesses, healthcare professionals, scientists, medical job postings and for finding jobs and opportunities. He has published numerous articles online about medications and healthcare. Follow him on Twitter @DrOgbru.

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This article was published on 2012/03/29