Are you looking for a career in the medical field, but want to focus on more on administrative duties and less in direct patient care or a clinical setting? In a health care administration career, you will work closely with medical teams to support the managerial and administrative aspects of a medical office – from medical records, to HR, to marketing, and after gaining experience, you could find leadership roles available to you, like front desk supervisor, hospital administrator, clinical director, and perhaps one day even hospital CEO.
This career path offers a host of diverse opportunities. Here are five reasons health care administration may be a good fit for you.
Five Reasons to Consider a Health Care Administration Career:
1. You have options.
Graduates of health care administration programs may find employment in places like rehab facilities, medical offices, hospitals, insurance groups, pharmaceutical companies and educational institutions. There are endless opportunities to grow in your current role or pivot into new ones.
2. You can help patients without being hands on.
While the clinical staff works hands on with patients, they still need the support of an operations team to implement policies and maintain an efficient work environment to ensure each patient has an optimal experience. Think of yourself as the component that makes the whole machine run smoothly.
3. Regulate your work-life balance.
While not always the case, administrative professionals may find themselves working a more traditional schedule, unlike night shifts and irregular shifts often required of other medical professionals.
4. It’s a growing field with strong job outlook.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics†, employment of health care managers and leaders is projected to grow significantly over the next ten years, much faster than the average for all occupations.
† Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited August 23, 2022)
5. There’s room for growth through our Health Care Administration pathway.
It is not uncommon for graduates of our entry-level programs to find themselves quickly elevating from a medical assistant or front desk scheduling coordinator into a management position. If you decide you’d like to take the Health Care Administration route, continuing your education and gaining experience could help you move up the ladder in your health care career.
The sky’s the limit with a career in health care administration. Get your start with Pima Medical Institute’s online associate degree in Health Care Administration, or, if you’re local to one of our campuses, you can jump start your healthcare career with our nine-month hands-on certificate programs. Your journey begins now.
Check out the YouTube short on Stephanie’s journey into the healthcare field.