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Health Care Administrator: The Head of the Health Care Team

Health care is the nation’s largest private-sector industry, making up 13 percent of the U.S. workforce.* Those who have careers as health care administrators find work that is both demanding and rewarding. Running health care departments and facilities is a lot of responsibility, but it can also be very satisfying. If you have great leadership skills and dream of building an important career in health care, maybe you’re destined to become a health care administrator someday.

Where do health care administrators work? They can hold many different positions across a wide range of facilities and departments within health care. Some work in private physicians’ offices while others help run huge hospitals. Nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, health centers, clinics, health departments, hospice centers, and psychiatric facilities all fall under the broad field of health care.  They all require men and women with the expertise to provide excellent patient care.

What do they do? Health care administrators and managers are given the task of ensuring quality care for all their patients. They need to be strong leaders who understand financial planning, project management, human resource development and management, community relations and more. They need to be compassionate communicators who can get the job done while never losing sight of the fact that they’re ultimate goal is to serve their patients.

How could I become one? Health care administrators work for many years before reaching the top of their profession. Early on they might explore health care jobs and degrees in allied health fields. But to break into the profession at an entry level, they often need a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. In addition to solid educational credentials, they need lots of experience working in health care facilities and serving as managers.

What do I need to learn? A quality program in health care administration will teach you about the organizational structure of health care facilities and health care delivery systems. You should learn about the legal and ethical issues that directly affect individual patients and the industry, as a whole. Courses in accounting, business, finance and health care economics are a must if you expect to use resources effectively. You should also be trained in team leadership, employee relations and conflict resolution. And every modern health care facility is run with modern technology, so you’ll want a program that understands the importance of staying current.

Health care is expected to generate more jobs than any other industry through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics.** If you’re considering a career in this growing field, check out all the Charter College programs in health care. Are you ready to change your life? Start here.

*http://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2013/10/07/health-cares-unrivaled-job-gains-and-where-it-matters-most/

**http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2012/01/art5full.pdf