Healthcare Management Career Paths

The field of healthcare management is constantly expanding and evolving. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical and health services manager jobs are expected to increase 22% from 2010 to 2020*, a faster than average rate. Health services managers can work in a number of settings including hospitals, insurance agencies, care homes, private practices and clinics. In particular, demand in medical group practice management is expected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

With a strong job outlook and increasing demand for employees with a knowledge base in contemporary business practices in the field of healthcare, personnel and organization policy and healthcare resource allocation, a career in healthcare management could be right for you. Potential careers include:

Hospital Administrator: Managing personnel, finances and facility practices for a hospital according to set procedures and policies. Tasks include creating work schedules, balancing budgets and ensuring that the organization is in compliance with current laws and regulations.

Medical and Health Services Managers: Planning, directing and coordinating healthcare services. Opportunities to manage health care facilities, specialize in a specific department or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians are also available in this field.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a Bachelor's degree is the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation. Explore AIU's Healthcare Management bachelors degree to see if Healthcare Management is the right area of study for you.