50 Great Career Resources for Women in Healthcare Administration and Management

Top Master's in Healthcare Administration - Great Career ResourcesBy Iris Stone
April 2015

The following is a list of resources for women who are pursuing careers in healthcare administration, management, or a related field. You'll find links to organizations and associations, legal counsel, research opportunities, conferences, useful reading material, networking and social media sites, career search engines, internships, and scholarships and fellowships for women.

Table of Contents

Organizations and Associations
Legal Counsel
Reading Material
Networking and Social Media
Career Opportunities
Scholarships and Fellowships

Organizations and Associations

Healthcare Businesswomen's Association – an organization that focuses on networking, knowledge-sharing, educational programs, and the recognition of outstanding women.

Women in Healthcare Management – this organization offers events, job alerts, workshops, networking, and access to a comprehensive member directory.

Women in Health Administration of Southern California – WHA provides forums for professional growth and career development, creates opportunities for networking, raises awareness of health issues, mentors young women, and promotes the visibility of female healthcare professionals.

Women in Health Management – through a variety of programs, WHM members meet colleagues in health-related fields, discuss current issues, and share career development opportunities in the New York area.

Academy of Women's Health – this is an interdisciplinary, international association of health professionals who share research and evidence-based practices for the advancement of women's health.

Women Healthcare Executives – this is a dynamic community of healthcare executives in the Northern California area whose goals are to promote career advancement, increase professional and technical knowledge, provide a forum for networking, and promote the accomplishments of female executives in healthcare.

Women's Healthcare Executives Network of South Florida – WHEN hosts educational programs and networking events to educate women about healthcare management-related issues.

Executive Women in Healthcare – the women of EWHC work together to learn from one another about the healthcare industry, provide educational opportunities to the community, develop leadership skills, and help change the healthcare industry in Indiana.

Women Executives in Science and Healthcare – this organization works to change the face of healthcare leadership and promote the advancement of female executives in academic medicine, healthcare, and the sciences.

Women Business Leaders – a nonprofit organization of over 3,000 senior healthcare executives who gather to build relationships and have "honest conversations" about the industry.

Women's Healthcare Leadership Trust – this organization offers workshops, seminars, programs, and other educational offerings in the community to advance the healthcare careers of women.

Connecticut Women in Healthcare Management – associated with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives, CWHCM offers a variety of educational programs for working women covering topics like healthcare regulation, provider environment, and managed care.

National Women's Health Network – this is a network designed to give women a greater voice in the healthcare system by affecting policy and supporting consumer decision-making.

Women Executives in Healthcare – this organization is for healthcare professionals who want to connect in order to better understand the changing healthcare industry.

Legal Counsel

National Women's Law Center – this center conducts research, analysis, and advocacy efforts to advance women in a variety of areas and support their education, employment, and retirement.


Society for Women's Health Research – this society is a "thought leader" in research dedicated to transforming women's health through science, advocacy, and education.

National Center for Healthcare Leadership: Women in Healthcare Leadership Project – the goal of this project is to study healthcare careers in order to determine how to most effectively increase the number of women in executive roles.

Virginia Research and Development on Women's Health – this health research agenda is designed to inform healthcare policy and services related to women veterans, with a broad focus on biomedical, clinical, rehabilitation, and health services research.


BioConferences International: Women's Health – a networking event in Washington D.C. for clinicians, academics, researchers, policy makers, students, and fellows in the healthcare industry.

Women's Leadership Conference – the purpose of this conference is to inspire women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development through programming that covers such topics as financial management, stress management, career advancement, and community engagement.

Audio Conferences for Aspiring Women Healthcare Executives – a series of audio conferences in which female CEOs, healthcare experts, and other professionals share tips about how to succeed in the industry.

Women Leading Healthcare Annual Summit – this three day conference of "cross industry conversations" includes peer sessions and notable speakers.

Quality and Safety for Leaders in Women's Healthcare – this course is designed to give healthcare leaders in hospital departments, managed care settings, and private practice the performance improvement and management tools needed to meet the challenges of the industry.

Reading Material

Becker's Hospital Review: 10 Reads for Healthcare's Executive Women – read ten different articles and studies about the role of women in healthcare administration.

Six Awesome MHA Jobs in Healthcare Administration – discover different types of healthcare administration jobs for graduates with a master's degree.

A New Obstacle for Professional Women: The Glass Escalator – this article discusses the difference between men and women who try to climb the corporate ladder to upper-level management.

Building Diversity in Healthcare Administration: Women's Perspectives from the C-Suite – two female CEOs explain how their minority status has affected their experience in the healthcare industry.

Women CEO's in Healthcare: Did They Have Mentors? – one author interviewed 35 female CEOs of healthcare organizations to determine how important mentoring was to their success.

Blog of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership – this article details recommendations for how hospitals and health systems can support more women in leadership roles.

Networking and Social Media

LinkedIn: WHEN Chicago – this networking group supports the needs of the Women Health Executive Network in the Chicago area.

Executive Women's Networking Blog – this is a forum for female executives to share their opinions and experiences about networking, mentoring, business development, and lifework balance.

Women in Healthcare Jersey Shore Facebook Group – this Facebook group is for women in Monmouth and Ocean Counties who want to have a conversation about love, balance, and healing in healthcare.

LinkedIn: Professional Women in Healthcare – PWH is a growing group of businesswomen in healthcare, most of whom are currently working in the medical products arena.

LinkedIn: Boston Women in Healthcare Management – this Boston-based organization provides a forum for professional women to network, share information, and learn about new issues affecting the industry.

Career Opportunities

Healthcare Administration Jobs in the Navy – help manage a global healthcare network and gain valuable experience with a job in the nation's military.

Healthcare Administration Jobs from CareerBuilder – conveniently search for jobs based on keyword, location, and posting date.

Health-e-Careers Network Administration/Executive Jobs – search for jobs in the United States and Canada in categories like administrative/operations, executive/management, finance/accounting, and patient services.

Health Jobs Start Here – answer questions to find the perfect job match and search for training opportunities, volunteer experiences, and internships.

Health Jobs Nationwide – upload a resume or browse jobs in categories such as advanced practice, therapy, IT, healthcare management, and medical billing.

Health Career Web – search thousands of jobs in administration and support, get useful information from the article and blog pages, and follow Health Career Web on Twitter.


Women's Health Internship Opportunities – the Office of Women in Medicine and Science coordinates women's health internships with the Wake Forest School of Medicine for students who are looking for research opportunities or healthcare experience.

Health Career Connection Internships – HCC matches students with full-time, 10-week internships in a variety of health organizations and also hosts workshops and networking events.

InternMatch: Healthcare Internships – InternMatch allows users to search for openings or create a professional profile to attract relevant employers.

World Endeavors Healthcare Internships Abroad – World Endeavors matches students with international internship opportunities in clinical care, research, and administrative work.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship – this scholarship is for female graduate students who are pursuing health-related careers at a university in the San Francisco Bay area.

WHCE Undergraduate Scholarship – this $2,500 scholarship is for third-year undergraduate students who are pursuing health-related careers.

Lynne O'Day Scholarship – this scholarship is for female students at Marian University in Indianapolis who plan to pursue a career in healthcare leadership.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Fund – these $1,000-$7,000 scholarships are for female undergraduate or graduate students who are pursing degrees in business or management, and awards can be used for tuition, books, or living expenses.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships – these fellowships are for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to complete research or full-time postgrad study at an accredited U.S. institution.

American Association of University Women American Fellowships – these fellowships include funding for female students who are working on their dissertation, conducting independent research in pursuit of a tenure-track faculty position, or preparing research for publication.

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About the Author

Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Political Science. Check out her Google+ profile.

Healthcare Jobs in the Armed Services

The Navy

If you join the navy, you may have an opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare. The Navy hires physicians, dentists, nurses, and healthcare administrators to serve enlisted members and keep soldiers healthy. As a physician, your job would look a lot like that of a civilian doctor, but you would get a broader spectrum of experience faster because you would be working at the forefront of medicine and see patients all over the globe. You will have an opportunity to take part in humanitarian relief efforts and work at top military medical facilities. Dentists have access to the most advanced technology on the planet at top dental facilities both on shore, at sea, and in the field. As a nurse, you would attend to the needs of your fellow servicemen, would receive specialty training and scholarship opportunities, and would lead educational and policy initiatives. Healthcare administrators in the navy oversee all health needs, set up facilities for humanitarian missions, manage budgets and construction, and train others. The navy also offers jobs to people in research, psychology, physiology, clinical care, and medical support.

The Army

The Army has five separate medical corps for soldiers: physicians, dentists, allied health, nurses, and veterinarians. Physicians get to practice medicine without worrying about the "business end" of the profession that usually requires doctors to think about insurance, staffing, and costs. Doctors get to attend continuing education courses, seminars, and conferences, and are given numerous opportunities to perfect a specialty. Dentists have a similar experience and can focus solely on fixing patients' teeth. Dentists have the choice of serving full-time or practicing a community and staying in the Army Reserves. Allied health professionals work with the latest treatments and technologies and can benefit from a host of research. Opportunities are available in clinical positions, research, community hospitals, or in other specialties. As a nurse, you would get all the prestige of being a commissioned army officer, would be able to work in an environment with greater autonomy than the private sector, and would participate in vital research. Veterinarians serve the soldiers' pets as well as go on humanitarian missions to eradicate diseases in third world countries.

The Air Force

There are also five main healthcare groups within the Air Force: doctors, nurses, dentists, allied health, and administration. If you become a doctor, you will be able to perfect a specialty and become either an aerospace physician/flight surgeon, allergist, anesthesiologist, critical care physician, dermatologist, diagnostic radiologist, emergency medicine physician, family medicine physician, geneticist, internal medicine physician, neurologist, OB/GYN, occupational medicine specialist, ophthalmologist, orthopedic surgeon, otolaryngologist, pathologist, pediatrician, preventative medicine physician, psychiatrist, surgeon, or urologist. There are also a number of positions for nurses, who get to focus on quality patient care and work in state-of-the-art medical facilities and aeromedical evacuation units around the world. Dentists, endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists oral surgeons get to focus on solving medical problems and serving the Airmen and their families. If you work in Allied Health you could have a wide range of careers, from working as a physiologist or audiologist to a social worker, dietician, or physical therapist. Health Service Administrators utilize their skills to plan, program, and provide for all operators that keep the servicemen and women healthy.






About the Author:

Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Political Science. Check out her Google+ profile.

A Career up Close: Navy Healthcare Administrator

When most people think of the U.S. branches of the armed forces, they picture people carrying guns and fighting bad guys. But there are a lot of jobs within the military that don't require its members to wield M-16s and be stationed in remote parts of the Middle East. In fact, military branches like the Navy have jobs for a wide range of careers – including a long list in the healthcare field. This makes perfect sense, as servicemen aren't robots, and require medical care just like average citizens. In fact, one could argue that they actually require more healthcare – from routine physicals to emergency treatment.

Job Description

The Navy divides its healthcare providers into seven categories: physicians, dentists, nurses, healthcare scientists, clinical care providers, medical support professionals, and healthcare administrators. Healthcare administrators then specialize in one of ten areas: education and training management; financial management; general healthcare administration; healthcare facilities planning; information management; manpower systems analysis; medical logistics management; operations research; patient administration; and plans, operations, and medical intelligence.

Healthcare administrators in the Navy have a number of responsibilities. Professionals in some specialties may have to deal with how to handle medical and humanitarian needs after a crisis, such as an earthquake or tsunami. Others may work in construction and oversee the building of new facilities, either in the United States or another country. Those who work in finance will focus on budgets, and may set the monetary plan for departments or entire facilities. Others make recommendations for how to best deliver care to different populations, and still others will spend most of their time training new staff and overseeing existing personnel.

Some healthcare professionals in the Navy will work at a medical center in the United States. If so, they will live in either Maryland, Virginia, or California. Some work aboard aircraft carriers, and there are even two entire ships that are dedicated as hospitals on which an administrator could work. And those who are stationed outside of the country will work within one of a number of operational units around the world.

Education and Qualifications

In order to enter the Navy as a commissioned officer, there are certain professions that require people to have specific degrees. For example, doctors must have a medical degree, lawyers must have a law degree, chaplains must have studied theology, and those in healthcare science must have studied field relevant to their intended career. Healthcare administrators must have a master's degree in healthcare, public health, health, hospital administration, or business degree (with courses in healthcare).

There are a number of benefits to becoming a healthcare administrator in the Navy, one of which has to do with getting through school with less debt. Although graduate degrees can be expensive, the Navy has very generous programs that can either help students get through school by providing tuition, housing, and living expenses, or help graduates repay loans. Depending on the circumstances, people may be expected to meet preferred requirements, which include graduating with at least a 3.0 GPA, completing a residency in healthcare administration, and obtaining a letter of recommendation.




About the Author:

Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Political Science. Check out her Google+ profile.

Why Is There Such Salary Inequality among Healthcare Professionals?

When most people think of doctors, they think of people who earn lavish incomes and can afford to live fairly luxurious lifestyles when they're not in the office. But what a lot of people don't consider is that not all healthcare professions are created equal. In fact, half of the people working in the healthcare industry, especially wage workers such as home health aides, make less than $40,000 a year. At the other end of the spectrum, you have executives at large hospitals who often reap the rewards of a seven figure paycheck. And then there is a wide range of salaries among the physician population. And the downside of some doctors making $500,000 a year or more is that these rising incomes have translated to skyrocketing costs for patients.

It seems that specialists – and the procedures they perform – are the real culprits here. Not only do many specialists earn many times that of internists and general practitioners, but salary figures for doctors often don't take into account different methods of making money, such as the costs doctors charge for taking blood, performing tests in a lab, or even just to use a facility. Plus, a lot of doctors also invest in the equipment they use and sometimes even own the surgery centers and offices they use. And all of the top earners in medicine are specialists: orthopedists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, dermatologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, gastroenterologists, and urologists. The income of some of these doctors has risen by over 50% since 1995, even when adjusted for inflation.

So what gives? In essence, these doctors have become great business people who know how to turn a profit. A dermatologist can freeze off fifteen different skin lesions and bill them all for surgery separately, or come up with a rationalization for using a more expensive procedure than is necessary. Or an oncologist can mark up each dose of chemotherapy he or she delivers privately in the office. And in return, patients are paying thousands of dollars in medical bills, and this nation has $2.7 trillion in healthcare costs. And even though policy makers are attempting to rein in spending, physicians often find other ways to make money – and their salaries are still escalating.

The one exception to this trend is primary care doctors and internists, whose salary has grown much more slowly than other types of physician, and even more slowly than dentists, pharmacists, and registered nurses. In fact, their salary has only grown by about 10% in recent years, and over some time periods has even remained stagnant. Cuts to Medicare payments and tougher bargaining from insurance companies may be contributing to this slow growth. The other factor at play is that more women and minorities are becoming doctors – two demographics who are known to make less than white, male physicians.

This wage inequality isn't motivating many doctors to go into primary care, a troubling fact considering that it's the area where the U.S. has the most shortages. And who can blame them? When there are orthopedists making over $900,000 a year, and internists and pediatricians make less than $250,000, it's not much of a contest. The discrepancy is made even worse when considering that specialists like dermatologists often work less than 40 hours a week and have less stressful jobs than doctors like obstetricians, who work tough hours and deal with a lot of emergencies. It might be time for policy makers and healthcare administrators to start taking action to correct such income inconsistencies and find incentives to get doctors into the fields in which their needed, without sending patient costs spiraling even further.




About the Author:
Iris Stone is a freelance writer, editor, and business owner who has written on a range of topics. She has experience covering content on medicine, healthcare, and career training, as well as education. Iris is also interested in science and mathematics and is currently studying to be a physicist. Check out her Google+ Profile.

4 Reasons You Should Be a Healthcare Administrator

The opportunity to make a difference

As a healthcare administrator, you might think that doctors and nurses are the ones who are really "doing good." But the truth is, they wouldn't be able to do their jobs as well if they didn't have the help of managers and executives. You are responsible for making sure the hospital or other healthcare facility stays organized, on budget, and efficient. A lot of people go into the healthcare field because they want to make a difference in other peoples' lives, and you could help improve the lives of hundreds or thousands of people every time you go to work. It is one of the most rewarding parts of the job – the ability to affect change and do something positive and meaningful through your work.

An important role in the community

People who work in healthcare are often considered valuable community members because they give their time to heal others, and executives are also considered visible and valuable because they are in high-powered positions where they call the shots. As a healthcare administrator you will have both reputations and can use your role in the community to make a difference in many different ways. Not only that, but hospitals and other healthcare organizations often employ large numbers of people in their region. As such, you will also be credited with employing, managing, and protecting the jobs of hundreds or even thousands of people.

A long list of career opportunities

Healthcare management is a wide field that serves an essential industry – an industry that is one of the largest in the United States. In fact, the healthcare industry as a whole supplies about 11 million jobs to eager workers all over the country. Not only that, but a large percentage of private sector jobs in the last few years have come from healthcare, and it's a field that's still growing quickly (estimated growth rate of 23% between 2012 and 2022). And all those jobs need supervising and managing! Because there is so much demand for healthcare managers, you might find a job in a hospital, doctor's office, or nursing home. Or you might work for the government, in consulting, with device manufacturers, or for a pharmaceutical company. You could also have job opportunities with health insurance companies, professional societies, or financial institutions. There are also job opportunities for you in a variety of geographic regions, from small towns in rural areas to big cities to international positions.

Excellent salary

As of 2012, healthcare managers earned, on average, about $88,000 a year – the equivalent of about $42.50 an hour. Top earners in the field bring home more than $150,000 a year, and if you gain a lot of experience and rack up a list of achievements, you could earn more than $200,000 annually. It all depends on how high-ranked an executive you become and what you accomplish over the course of your career. The good news is that even if you start out in the lowest 10% of earners, you'll still make more than $50,000 a year – a perfectly respectable income. You will have the highest earning potential, however, if you manage large groups of healthcare practitioners – typically considered groups of 26 or more.








Qualities and Qualifications You Need to Be a Healthcare Administrator

The first step in becoming a successful healthcare administrator is to get the appropriate education. You should start off by, if possible, earning a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration or management. Some people also get a baccalaureate degree in this area as a foundation for medical school and their future career as a clinician. No matter what, you'll have to get a bachelor's degree in something if you hope to have a career in healthcare administration.

Graduate programs are typically two years long and instruct students in areas such as law and policy, marketing, financing, organizational behavior, and human resources. You should look for programs that have accreditations, such as by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Graduate programs are ideal for people who hope to enter into a higher level of management or want to broaden their knowledge and skill base. Some people go on to receive a doctoral degree (hopefully at a college that is an AUPHA member) with the hopes of becoming a college professor.

Hopefully by getting an education, you will gain the requisite skills you need to be a healthcare professional. These include communication skills, quantitative skills, business planning skills, and strong character. While most of these you can learn through your studies, you will have to develop a strong character on your own time. This includes developing a respect for the ethical issues in medicine as well as becoming a stalwart supporter of policies and regulations. You should be a strong leader who has integrity, trustworthiness, and is honest. Other qualities include general management skills and the ability to adjust to the mission and organizational objectives of an employer. You can develop yourself in these areas by gaining meaningful work experience while you are in college. A resume that has at least some indication that you are knowledgeable of and have firsthand experience in healthcare administration will be key to landing a good job. You don't have to find work experience or an internship as a manager, but even working as an administrative assistant or in another administrative capacity could earn you points during an interview.

Areas in which you hopefully have some natural ability include being analytical and detail-oriented, being able to swiftly troubleshoot and solve problems, and having adequate interpersonal skills. As a part of your job you will have to adapt to new laws and regulations, organize and maintain billing and scheduling for potentially large organizations, find creative solutions to problems in areas such as staffing or accounting, and effectively lead and motivate other staff members.

Lastly, you may be required to earn some licenses or certifications beyond what you gain through your college education. This will be practically guaranteed if you hope to work in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. Some people in other areas of management also choose to get certified to increase their earning potential and chances of being hired. In short, the more education you have and the better able you are to enhance your qualities and knowledge through this education, the better chance you will have of being successful in the professional world.





How the Affordable Care Act Will Affect Healthcare Administrators

An Increase in Patients

Since the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court, and with the deadline by which people need to be enrolled fast approaching, some are wondering just how this new legislation will affect people working in healthcare. Perhaps the most obvious effect of the law, often referred to as "Obamacare," is that it will lead to an influx of patients in hospitals and doctors' offices around the country. It is estimated that by 2014, 32 million more Americans will have health coverage – about 15 of which will be covered under the individual mandate, and the rest of which will be included in the Medicaid expansion. There's already a shortage of physicians, and administrators will need to get creative to think of ways to close the gap and hire enough doctors, nurses, and other staff to account for the increased patient load. The shortage is expected to reach 45,000 over the next few years – a shortage that will be worse in rural areas that are already suffering. So what should administrators do?

A Shift in Hiring

The solution is a little bit more complicated than simply filling the empty slots with new employees. To keep costs down and adjust to the new regulations, many administrators are choosing to hire nurses over doctors, including practitioners, specialists, midwives, and anesthetists. Administrators will also have to account for the shift toward preventative and outpatient care by RNs, social workers, medical assistants, and community health workers who can visit patients' homes.

Help for Rural Areas

Aspiring healthcare administrators who don't insist upon living in a big city may want to consider relocating to a rural area. Because there is already such a shortage in these areas, the government (specifically the US Department of Health and Human Services) has begun funding projects to help rural areas and people for much-needed positions. And then there are services like Project ECHO, which connect rural doctors via webcam and conference call to teams of physicians and health services providers in other regions. Healthcare administrators in rural areas will have ample opportunity to increase their services, hire more employees, and help more people.

Winners in Job Growth

With the new law, more money will start flowing to pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals. Job growth will likely be strongest in the primary and home care fields, so healthcare administrators may have the best prospects for work if they step out of the hospital setting and choose instead to manage offices for internists or general practitioners, or to apply for management positions with home healthcare services. Administrators who have some knowledge of technology will also come out on top. People who help digitize, manage, and secure healthcare systems and medical records repositories will benefit, especially IT companies that can turn healthcare information into actionable data. This might mean that for a portion of healthcare administrators, their work might not even include direct management of doctors or nurses, but rather of employees in the business sector working indirectly with healthcare providers. And in a broader sense, the ACA will support the addition of 245 new community health centers through 2014, all of which will need to be managed by healthcare administrators.





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About the Author:
Iris Stone is a freelance writer, editor, and business owner who has written on a range of topics. She has experience covering content on medicine, healthcare, and career training, as well as education. Iris is also interested in science and mathematics and is currently studying to be a physicist. Check out her Google+ Profile.

A Career up Close: Hospital Administrators

"Hospital administrator" is a term that refers to anyone who works in management at a hospital. People must have, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree in order to procure a job in this area. Many schools now offer undergraduate degrees in healthcare administration, complete with courses in hospital management, accounting and budgeting, human resources, planning, regulations and law, and computers/information technology. However, it is common for students to go on to receive a graduate degree before becoming hospital administrators. Coursework builds on what was learned in undergrad, including classes in finance, legal issues, marketing, research, and leadership. Sometimes graduate programs also include supervised training as part of the degree. On-the-job experience counts for a lot, as well. Some hospital administrators don't even start out going through specialized educational programs, but instead begin as nurses or techs and work their way up into administrative positions. In fact, some colleges require students to have hands-on healthcare experience before being admitted into a graduate program.

According to CNN, a job in hospital administration is the 36th best occupation one can have in 2010, right below computer and information scientists and right above programmer analysts. The news site's list of the top 100 jobs was compiled based on positions that provide both great pay and prospects for growth. A lot of times working as a doctor is glamorized as this amazing occupation where people can both make a lot of money and save lives. But not everyone is great at biology and chemistry, or has the stomach to handle cutting into people and seeing blood on a daily basis. This is where hospital administrators come in. They make a difference in peoples' lives and play an integral role in the functioning of the hospital, but get to do so behind a desk or in an office.

In fact, there are a fair number of physicians who are actually moving into administrative positions later on in their career, which can help connect the dots between the medical and managerial sides of the hospital. This also means that more hospitals are looking to hire healthcare administrators who don't solely have a business educational background, but a solid base of healthcare knowledge as well. That being said, at the end of the day most hospitals are looking for people who will be the best at their job, whether it be a former physician, a fresh graduate with a master's degree, or a specialist in computer science and information technology.

Administrators have a plethora of duties, from training other staff and following policies to coordinating medical care and planning departmental activities. Think of what Dr. Cuddy did on the television show House. Of course that show is a dramatization of what actually goes on in hospitals, but people who have seen the show know that Lisa Cuddy kept tabs on other doctors, made sure patients were getting appropriate medical care, handled legal issues, kept the hospital board happy – and was a doctor herself! Hospital administrators need to have a variety of skill sets, including the ability to understand legal regulations and have good oral and written communication skills. Hospital administrators must also be strong problem-solvers who are willing to stay current on industry developments and trends in science and technology.





About the Author:
Iris Stone is a freelance writer, editor, and business owner who has written on a range of topics. She has experience covering content on medicine, healthcare, and career training, as well as education. Iris is also interested in science and mathematics and is currently studying to be a physicist. Check out her Google+ Profile.

A Career up Close: Medical Office Assistants

When you first start out in the field of healthcare administration, you may not immediately be put into a management position. This is especially likely if you have limited work experience or have less than a master's degree in a relevant area. The term "administration" applies not just to managers and supervisors, but anyone who contributes to the administration of a healthcare facility – typically the people seen behind desks in clinics and doctor's offices. One such position is that of the medical office assistant.

Medical office assistants have a variety of responsibilities that help keep a physician's office or clinic running smoothly. They answer phones and direct calls to other staff members, schedule and confirm appointments, and maintain medical records and files. They are often the first person a patient sees when he or she walks in the room, and thus are responsible for greeting the patient and alerting the appropriate staff member to his or her presence. They compile records and write reports, as well as send out letters, bills, and notices via fax, email, and the mail. They might also partake in certain clinical duties, such as taking patient histories and getting insurance information, or keeping track of inventory and ordering new supplies when necessary. The technology that medical office assistants should know how to use is typical to what one would find in any office, including credit card processing machines, fax machines, photocopiers and scanners, and computers that use software specific to the job, such as programs for accounting and scheduling.

Although no degree is required to get a position in this field, a number of institutions offer certificates in medical office assisting. According to O'NET, a partner of the American Job Center Network, 61% of people in the field have some college background, but did not obtain a degree, while only 2% earned an associate's degree. The rest have not gone beyond high school. People who seek a degree in medical office assisting will take classes in laboratory procedures, patient communication and care, clinical assisting, and medical insurance and billing. They might also take classes in health topics, such as nutrition, the digestive system, or electrocardiography.

The good news for people pursuing degrees in healthcare administration is that they can find a job as a medical office assistant while in school, since no specific degree is needed. Getting work experience early on can help students enter the field after graduation at a higher level – potentially even as a manager. Regardless of education status, people in this field must have strong oral and written communication skills, time management skills, and have the ability to think critically, problem solve, and use deductive reasoning.

People in this position, on average, make a little over $31,000 a year, which is a great starting point for people in school for healthcare administration. The field is expected to grow by about 29% from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than average. Most of the reason for this growth is specifically related to its connection to the health services industry, as secretaries and administrative assistants in other fields will only experience a meager 12% growth over the same period. It's even higher than the 25% growth expected from other health-support occupations, which means that it's an ideal field to enter into that will offer both job security and opportunities for advancement.





About the Author:
Iris Stone is a freelance writer, editor, and business owner who has written on a range of topics. She has experience covering content on medicine, healthcare, and career training, as well as education. Iris is also interested in science and mathematics and is currently studying to be a physicist. Check out her Google+ Profile.

Salaries for In-Demand Healthcare Administration Jobs

Healthcare is an ever-evolving field, often affected by new technologies and changing government policies. For example, in the United States, the integration of information technology with healthcare had led to a mandate that all patient records be tracked electronically. Also in the United States, the recent unveiling of the Affordable Care Act will likely affect the field in significant ways. The good news is that overall, healthcare management and administration jobs are on the rise, and are expected to grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That being said, some jobs are considered more "in-demand" than others. In fact, recently some companies have created entirely new positions open to healthcare administrators.

Chief Medical Officers – $340,092

People in this administrative position work closely with chief financial and chief executive officers, but the job requires a more involved knowledge of healthcare. For this reason, people in this position are often doctors who completed medical school or a physician training program, and have since moved on from medical practice to an administrative position. The position mostly exists within larger companies (think Facebook or Hewlett-Packard) who have built their own medical centers to defray the costs of healthcare to employees. The CMO advises the board and CEO on regulatory issues and ensures that all practitioners are being compliant.

Medical Billers and Coders – $32,350

Although their salaries are much lower than that of CMO's, people in this position also go to school for a significantly shorter period of time. In some cases billers and coders have bachelor's degrees, but more often they have an associate's degree or a specialty certificate. The job outlook for these professionals is good, as the demand for qualified people is increasing, mostly due to reimbursement rates and shifting regulations on claims.

Vice Presidents of the Patient Experience – $150,000 – $250,000

This is a relatively new position that was invented within hospitals to help them deliver high quality care. Hospitals are frequently graded on a scoring system called HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). When scores drop too low, the administration can't get the reimbursement it needs. In a competitive environment where the highest-scoring facilities receive the most and sharing ratings is as easy as clicking a mouse, hospitals are investing in VP's of the Patient Experience to keep an eye on how to keep scores up. Salaries depend on the size of the hospital.

Informatics Officers – $34,160 – $156,874

The salary range within this career is so large because income depends on a person's rank. People in entry-level officer positions earn wages at the lower end of the scale, while chief informatics officers earn near the top of the range. Just like CMO's, informatics officers (especially those near the top) are often MDs who have moved into an administrative role. They compile surveys from patients, physicians, and staff to make informed decisions on organizational changes. Because the federal government now requires that records are kept up to a certain standard, these officers process and maintain the records in a way that follows regulatory, ethical, and legal requirements.





Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Community Health. For more info, see her Google+ Profile.


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