Many factors can influence what cities have the most jobs in healthcare administration. Current and projected economic growth, the abundance of healthcare facilities and their sizes are only a few facets. In this quick study, economic expansion and employment growth are two of the most important taken under consideration.
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In What Facilities Are These Job Titles Needed?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), several facilities and organizations utilize healthcare administration positions. Those include general medical and surgical hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, home health care services, medical and diagnostic laboratories and psychiatric and substance abuse facilities to name a few. Although it's among the highest paying industry, even a few jobs in the computer systems design industry do exist.
What Are Some Top Cities?
When looking at healthcare administration jobs, opportunities exist in many different industries across the nation. Several states claim at least one major metropolitan area, and some have two cities in which healthcare administration jobs are more abundant than elsewhere in the United States. In no particular order, the top six cities include
- Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati boasts a high number of healthcare administration positions and is currently experiencing a resurgence in growth, though the unemployment figures are still high as they are in many metropolitan areas. Because the city has at least two major hospital systems and a myriad laboratories, clinics and private practices, Cincinnati is a look-to city.
- Columbus, OH: The capital of the Buckeye State demands a listing as well. Lower unemployment figures weigh heavily in Columbus' inclusion on this list. Two primary healthcare systems available in Columbus are OhioHealth and the Ohio State Medical Center. Peripheral organizations supplement healthcare administration opportunities.
- Philadelphia, Penn.: Pennsylvania is well represented in employment opportunities, including in healthcare administration. The strength of the improving local economy and the downward trend in unemployment figures bring Philadelphia strongly onto this list. Major healthcare organizations include the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital among others. The biomedical and pharmaceutical presences in this city cannot be ignored.
- Pittsburgh, PA: Pairing with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh has shown that both education and health sectors are primary driving forces behind the city's economic growth. Two large healthcare centers in Pittsburgh include the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Supplementing these opportunities is the one of the best cost-of-living ratios to income in the country.
- San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio, Texas, must be included in one of the top cities for healthcare administration job because the state claims 5th place in the BLS list of most jobs in a state and the city's low unemployment rate. Three larger organizations that lay the foundation for opportunities include the Methodist Healthcare System, the University Healthcare System and the Nix Healthcare System. The city also lays claim to a low cost-of-living ratio, which cannot be ignored for long.
- Austin, Texas: Austin ranks among the top 10 cities for job growth projections. Supplementing the strong emergence of technology industries, healthcare administration opportunities start with St. David's Healthcare, Cornerstone Hospital – Austin and the Austin State Hospital. Although the unemployment rate is slightly higher in Austin at 6.3 than it is in San Antonia at 6.0, the potential for employment is slightly higher because of the economic growth trend.
Although other cities could well be included on this list, these six cities are listed in correlation with data from BLS, which lists the strongest states. Missouri and New York also have two cities that are strong contenders, but employment and economic factors insist these six be listed specifically as top cities for healthcare administration jobs.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Medical and Health Services Management. Accessed June 9, 2013; found at: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes119111.htm#%287%29
City Data.com; accessed June 9, 2013; found at: http://www.city-data.com/