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By Dr. Eboni I. Green
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment among medical and health services managers is expected to increase by approximately 17% through 2024. This means that the potential for growth in the field of health care administration is much faster than average for all other occupations. If you are considering a career in health care administration, your timing could not be better!
The following are four important question to consider as you determine whether pursing a degree in health care administration is right for you.
Do you have a passion for helping people? Although there continues to be a focus on improving health care outcomes, the field of aging will likely increase in the future. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center an astounding 10,000 baby boomers will reach 65 years of age every day for the next decade. As a result of the growth in the aging population it is expected that a variety of health care positions will be introduced and/or expanded.
If your interest lies in working with a different patient population do not let that stop you-other career areas, such as a health services manager, are not limited to working with aging populations. In fact, there are a number of patient populations that health care administrators work with and care for including: young children, adolescence, adults, and individuals with special needs.
Do you enjoy working with diverse populations in a variety of settings? Health care administrators work in a variety of settings and take on numerous roles. Most individuals with health services degrees work in long-term care settings, hospitals, home care, insurance companies, and wellness programs. Visit the American College of Healthcare Executives website to review examples of full job descriptions for health services managers. Perhaps one of the job descriptions will speak to you!
Do you have a commitment to leadership? By becoming a health services/ health care administrator you could have the opportunity to build upon and strengthen your currently leadership skills. You might consider exploring the Health Care Administrator Association to review leadership courses and networking opportunities. One of the best ways to learn about what administrators do is to speak directly to individuals who are currently working in the field.
Are you willing to put in the time that it will take to be successful? The benefits of becoming a health care administrator are endless. Yet it will take time, commitment, and you will likely face challenges as you find a harmonious rhythm to being a leader. You will need to be committed to being successful. Are you up to the challenge?
It never too late to consider a career in health care administration. Remember that you own your path to success! If you are unsure you might consider shadowing, setting up an online interview, or private chat with a health care administrator currently working in the field to gain a real-life perspective about their role in the health care industry. You are also invited to reach out to the Kaplan University School of Health Sciences if you have specific questions about pursuing a degree in health care administration.
Dr. Eboni I. Green is a registered nurse and family caregiver. She holds a PhD in human services with a specialization in health care administration. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Health Sciences at Kaplan University.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited March 17, 2016). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
The University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional training or certification may be required. In addition, job titles and responsibilities may vary from organization to organization.
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