Job growth in the healthcare industry has led to many career opportunities, including those in leadership. Medical and health services managers provide leadership to healthcare organizations, including administrating hospitals, clinics, research facilities, community centers or large departments within any of them.
Whatever the position or facility, medical services managers and health services managers face decisions every day that involve making operations more efficient and improving outcomes for patients.
What does a Medical and Health Services Manager Do?
The precise job duties for a medical services manager or health services manager are based on where they work. Whatever the situation, they face a complex, challenging job.
They work with physicians and other medical staff to meet their needs. They also must keep an eye on a hospital’s financial situation, taking steps to ensure the most efficient workplace environment possible. They also have to keep up-to-date on government and industry regulations that healthcare operations must follow.
Specific duties can include:
- Hiring staff and making decisions on promotions
- Developing overall strategic goals for an organization or department
- Ensuring that day-to-day operations are working toward achieving strategic business goals
- Managing all the finances of an operation, including developing annual budgets
- Representing the healthcare organization to board members and other parties
- Communicating goals and other important information to the organization’s staff
It’s a challenging and important job. That’s why knowledgeable, experienced, skilled, business-savvy leaders who can fill a manager role are so valued.
Job Growth & Salary
The number of medical service and health service managers is expected to grow 20% between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s much faster than the 7% average growth anticipated for all occupations and translates to almost 70,000 people entering the field.
An aging population in the United States is helping drive the growth, as is the fact people remain active much longer in life than they have in the past.
The mean annual salary for medical services and health services managers was $109,370 in May 2016, according to the BLS.
The job market varies based on geography, as well as economic climate. Job candidates should conduct their own research to determine whether a particular position is a good fit.
How to Become a Medical and Health Services Manager
There are many career paths for someone to follow into a medical or and health services management position. Those wishing to go into the field typically first complete a bachelor’s degree program in areas such as nursing, business administration or health administration.
Many areas of specialization in healthcare allow job candidates to pursue a position after attaining graduate level degrees and certificates in that academic discipline. For example, Jacksonville University offers a number of post-graduate certificates in areas such as nurse educator, nursing informatics and leadership in healthcare systems.
While bachelor’s degrees can, in some cases, open the door to a manager position, most employers now seek graduate-level education and certificates from their leaders.
Experience is also key for managers. Many work for years in an organization before moving up the ladder, making them very familiar with how an organization works. They also develop important skills in leadership, communication and interpersonal interactions that will serve them well as managers.
Working as a medical services or health services manager is a challenging and rewarding profession for those who want not only to work in healthcare, but help guide its direction in the future.