An active population requires a proactive approach to healthcare.

Advancements in medical technology have made it possible for us to live longer, healthier lives. That means demand for hospitals, clinics, physicians and other healthcare professionals is on the rise. It also means that health administrators are needed to make sure everything runs smoothly.

As a health administrator, you'll be tasked with building strong teams and cultures, interpreting complex data and proposing innovative solutions to improve organizational performance. Not only that, you'll be in charge of facilities, services, programs, staff, budgets and relations with other organizations.

The policies and procedures you create can impact hundreds, even thousands, of people. And even though your work will take place primarily behind the scenes, patients and employees will benefit from it daily.

What does a health administrator do?

An estimated 300,000 people serve in health administration - from middle management to CEO positions. Each role is responsible for ensuring that their healthcare organization functions smoothly and strategically.

On a regular basis health administrators:

  • Plan, coordinate and implement health services
  • Apply their understanding of healthcare policy and laws
  • Attend and contribute to high-level meetings with investors or governing boards
  • Supervise assistant administrators and supporting staff
  • Work to improve overall efficiency and financial effectiveness
  • Pay attention to smaller details such as staff scheduling, hiring and salary issues, patient fees and billing, and supply inventory

Where does a health administrator work?

Health administration is one of the top 10 fastest growing and highest paying jobs in the healthcare industry,** which also makes it one of the most appealing for professionals eager to advance or change their environment completely. Why? Because these professionals have advanced leadership training, which means they're prepared to optimize any healthcare organization and help it achieve its mission to provide value-based care. It's time for you to join them.

Healthcare administrators work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician group practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Health departments
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health insurance providers
  • Consulting firms
  • Medical supply and equipment companies
  • Federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • National associations like the Red Cross or the American Hospital Association

What's the market outlook for health administrators?

Increased demand. From 2016 to 2026, 2.3 million jobs will be added to the healthcare industry, with 69,800 of them being in healthcare management and administration.**

Competitive salary. In 2018, the mean annual wage for medical and health services managers was $111,680.**

Rapid job growth. The employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026.**

Where can your career as a health administrator take you?

Human Resource Manager

Job outlook is expected to increase 9% from 2016 to 2026.

These professionals assist employees with benefits, pay and training requirements. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff while also consulting with top executives on strategic planning. Most importantly, they serve as a liaison between an organization's management and employees.

Average salary: $110,120**

Training and Development Manager

Job outlook is expected to increase 10% from 2016 to 2026.

A training and development manager coordinates programs that enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization's employees. As new employees enter the workforce, they provide training materials or on-the-job training to help them be more effective workers.

Average salary: $108,250**

Hospital CEO

Job outlook is expected to increase 8% from 2016 to 2026.

Professionals in this position will oversee the entire operation of hospitals or medical facilities. As a CEO, aspects from business to patient care are considered equal priorities that are vital to the success of hospitals. On a regular basis they devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals.

Average salary: $104,700**

Practice Manager

Job outlook is expected to increase 20% from 2016 to 2026.

Professionals in this role may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers are responsible for adapting their organization to changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology.

Average salary: $98,350**

Administrative Services Manager

Job outlook is expected to increase 10% from 2016 to 2026.

Administrative service managers typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution and office upkeep. As the eyes and ears of an organization, they participate in long-range planning of goals, personnel, resources, space needs and equipment decisions.

Average salary: $94,020**

Social and Community Service Manager

Job outlook is expected to increase 18% from 2016 to 2026.

Social and community service managers collaborate with doctors and outside community support services to create programs that encourage healthy lifestyles throughout the community. Companies and organizations turn to these professionals to provide insight into different health-oriented practices and provide support as these practices are implemented then maintained.

Average salary: $64,100**

**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics