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Medical and Health Services Managers
Medical and health services managers in managed care settings perform functions similar to those of their counterparts in large group practices, except that they could have larger staffs to manage.
The Job
Health care is a business and, like every business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly. Medical and health services managers, also referred to as health care executives or health care administrators, plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. These workers are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or system.
Work Environment
Some managers work in comfortable, private offices; others share space with other staff. Most medical and health services managers work long hours.
College Majors
Medical and health services managers must be familiar with management principles and practices. A master's degree in health services administration.
Minimum Qualifications
A master's degree in one of a number of fields is the standard credential for most generalist positions as a medical or health care manager. A bachelor's degree is sometimes adequate for entry-level positions in smaller facilities and departments.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must understand finance and information systems and be able to interpret data. Motivating others to implement their decisions requires strong leadership abilities.
Quick Facts
  • Job opportunities will be good, especially for applicants with work experience in health care and strong business and management skills.
  • A master's degree is the standard credential, although a bachelor's degree is adequate for some entry-level positions.
  • Medical and health services managers typically work long hours and may be called at all hours to deal with problems.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of wage and salary medical and health services managers were $80,240 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $62,170 and $104,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $137,800.
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