Health Care Administration Careers
Health care is a business, and like all businesses, it requires skilled managers to keep things running smoothly.
Three of the top administrative areas in health care revolve around office management, health services and information management.
If you're interested in pursuing a career in one of these top health care industries—or are just beginning your research to figure out which health care field to enter—read on to learn more about health care administration careers, education, job duties and salary data.
The Business of Health Care Administration
Health care administration is a booming field that combines caring for people with business leadership. Charlene Boyd, Administrator of Providence Mount Saint Vincent Hospital in Seattle, describes the best health administration workers as people "who have passion for their work, vision for the future, and who understand the principles of leadership."
For nursing home administrator David Klanderman, leadership requires a focus on service to others. "If you flip the organizational chart and put the administrator on the bottom, that's this job. Nobody cares if you have paperwork to do. If they need you, they need you now."
"It's demanding as hell, and you have to be open with people and let them be who they are. But it's a wonderful experience when people rely on you."
Find out more about health care administration careers.
Health Care Administration Salaries
Read what kind of salary you can earn as a medical office manager, health information manager or in a health care services administrator role.
Health Care Administration Degrees
Health Administrator Personality Traits
Health care administrators, also called medical and health services managers or health care executives, have a big job. Learn what skills and traits you'll need to work in this growing field.
|You are...||You should have...|
|Organized||Strong leadership skills|
|Detail-oriented||Excellent communication skills|
|Focused on results||Solid interpersonal relationship abilities|
|A "people person"||Analytical skills|
|Patient||An ability to set and reach goals|
|Communicative||High ethical standards|
|Dependable||Strong organizational skills|