According to Buchbinder and Thompson, 2010, Healthcare Management is one of the fastest-growing career fields in the United States. It is a field with opportunities for advancement and a continual need for Healthcare Managers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% growth (faster than average) for 2010 – 2020 for health care managers. Health Care Management and Administration is an exciting, dynamic and rapidly changing field that needs trained graduates to make a difference in our communities and organizations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 2014, healthcare management courses teach students about the health care industry and business, in general, making them more marketable when seeking employment or advancing their education. Healthcare management programs prepare individuals to develop, plan, and manage healthcare operations and services within healthcare facilities and across health care systems. Healthcare management classes also teach students about planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, healthcare resource allocation and policymaking, health law and regulations.
Most graduates with healthcare management degrees work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, clinics, and group medical practices.
Career Opportunities In Health Care Management: Perspective from the Field, by Buchbinder and Thompson, 2010, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
U.S. Department of Education on the Internet atU.S. Department of Education, (visited July 14, 2014).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet athttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm(visited July 14, 2014).