The most visible professionals in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities are doctors and nurses. Behind the scenes, making sure that things run smoothly, is the hospital administrator.
Most people are not aware that these professionals exist. Their main job is to provide the right setting for doctors and nurses to treat patients. Without them, basic functions such as accounting, purchasing and supplies, logistics and even cleaning and hygiene would come to a halt.
Healthcare administrators, also referred to as healthcare managers, are in charge of all the background operations. If you are looking for a career in healthcare that doesn’t put you in direct contact with patients, hospital administration is a good choice.
An online MBA in healthcare administration can take you to the top of the ladder, and you will be in charge of policy decisions that impact hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and even public health policy.
As you consider your MBA options, remember that online degrees are not for everyone. Text-Based Education Reform has an excellent post on who should and shouldn’t pursue online courses.
Why healthcare administration?
Many young people ignore this career option either because they do not know it exists, or because they do not think it offers good opportunities.
According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow by about 28% with more than 480,700 new jobs in the next decade.
Other trends highlight the need for more hospital administrators in the coming years. The healthcare industry is growing rapidly. It is the biggest employer in the US, with more than 18 million people. It is expected that there will be about 2.5 million new jobs in healthcare by 2031.
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