Health Care Managers

Health care managers, also known as health services managers and health services administrators, direct the operation of hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care organizations. They are responsible for facilities, services, programs, staff, budgets, and relations with other organizations. There are approximately 303,000 health care managers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Hire and supervise personnel; manage equipment; handle budgets; establish billing procedures; purchase supplies and equipment; oversee building maintenance; arrange phone, mail, laundry, and other patient services; develop plans and policies in conjunction with board; organize staff training programs; represent facility at community meetings
Alternate Title(s) Clinical Manager, Health Information Managers, Health Services Administrators, Health Service Managers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The five states with the highest employment level in health care management are California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, but opportunities exist in all areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Health
  • Speech
Experience Several years' experience in health care administration
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Consultant or Professor
  • Health Care Manager
  • Department Head
  • Administrative Assistant/Assistant Department Head