Why Healthcare Administration?
Did you know there are other ways to work in a healthcare setting without being a Doctor or Nurse? Many employees in hospitals and clinics have taken a different educational path than the traditional R.N. or M.D. A career in Healthcare Administration is a great alternative for those who want to make a difference in the healthcare field, but don’t want to be a physician. You can start your career in Healthcare Administration by attaining a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Limestone!
The current demand and future outlook for Health Managers is very high thus providing employees with an excellent salary while working in the field. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2016 that the median (50th percentile) annual wage for a Health Services Manager is $96,540. This will vary depending on your location, what type of setting you are in, and your education and experience. To compare, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual wage for the 10th percentile is $56,970 – a perfectly respectable income especially for those who have just recently completed their degree.
While there are plenty of opportunities to work in a hospital or clinical setting with a degree in Healthcare Administration, you are not limited to those two settings. Healthcare Management is a wide field that serves a necessary industry, and one that isn’t going away. The Healthcare industry is one of the largest in the US, in both the private and public sector, and all of these jobs need supervisors and managers. According to O*Net Online, the projected growth for Healthcare Managers from 2014-2024 is much faster than the average (more than 14%), and there are 140,500 projected job openings. There are also opportunities for Healthcare Managers in government, consulting, manufacturing, and many more career fields. Furthermore, due to the variety of jobs available and the need for healthcare everywhere, there are job opportunities around the country from rural towns to large metropolitan areas.
Finally, by working as a Healthcare Administration professional or health manager, you are helping to make a difference in your community. In this role, you would be responsible for the day-to-day administrative activities that keep the hospital or clinic running smoothly. From staffing the hospital to making sure the hospital is supplied with appropriate equipment, the health manager ensures that every physician is able to do his/her job properly, and that the patients receive the best care. In addition to managing, Healthcare Administration professionals have the opportunity to be an advocate for their patients.