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.
Disclaimer: The information provided regarding these fields may not specifically refer or relate to the experiences of graduates of American InterContinental University. Your experience in these fields will vary depending on many factors, such as your prior level of experience, geographic location, work history, job demand, industry trends and any certifications you may pursue after your graduation. Nothing on this site is intended to imply or guarantee any specific employment or salary. More information is available in the Course Catalog and in program disclosures. The reader is advised to refer to information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Conditions in a reader’s location may vary.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited October 04, 2013).