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5 Entry Level Healthcare Management Jobs That Start Careers

Now is an exciting time to be embarking on a career in healthcare management. Not only are 139,600 healthcare management jobs expected to be added to the U.S. economy by 2030, but the future of the industry looks dynamic in many ways.1

With continued updates to healthcare policy in the U.S., the variety and volume of services will grow. Additionally, many healthcare managers will retire in the coming years as the baby boomer population exits the workforce.1

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Working Your Way Up in Healthcare Management

While a healthcare career typically starts with entry-level roles, an advanced degree can help you rise faster. Solid knowledge of business administration and principles is valuable even in entry-level roles.

Entry-level healthcare administration jobs earn an average salary of $59,663 per year; gaining skills such as effective budget and operations management can put you on the higher end of the pay scale2. Most healthcare management jobs require real-world experience in an administrative or clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare setting. So, how do you gain experience when you’ve just graduated?9

Whether you’re currently enrolled in healthcare management courses or changing careers, there are many options to get your foot in the door. Below are five entry-level healthcare administration jobs that can put you on track for a management position.

1. Medical Office Administrator

In this role, you will take charge of a healthcare practice’s day-to-day duties while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the healthcare profession. Expect to do tasks such as answering phones, accounts receivable, handling contracts, contacting insurance companies, and hiring and managing staff.3

2. Medical Executive Assistant

As a medical executive assistant, you may get the chance to work directly with C-suite executives and healthcare administration professionals. This is where you can gain experience overseeing projects and managing them from idea to execution to completion.

Writing grant proposals is a common task of this job; it’s a valuable and underrated skill. There’s also a technical aspect, making sure people, phones, and computers are communicating with each other.3

3. Healthcare Human Resources Manager

The job duties and skills associated with a human resources manager are similar to what’s required in hospital administration. Human resources managers direct many of the administrative functions of an organization, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, consulting with management, and serving as a link between the healthcare organization and its employees.5

Search for human resources opportunities in the healthcare industry, such as in a physician or dentist’s office.

4. Health Informatics Officer

A health informatics officer is in charge of maintaining the security of all patient medical records. The expectation of the job is that the person in the position will also find better or more efficient ways to process the high volume of records.

The job involves developing policies for accessing and updating patient records to protect patient privacy.6 As electronic health records (EHRs) become more widely used, the need for health information technicians who can interpret data will be increasingly valuable to hospitals and healthcare providers. Technicians will also need to understand and adapt to ongoing changes in software, security, and privacy practices.7

5. Social and Community Service Manager

These jobs involve working with other healthcare professionals, social workers, and community members to coordinate social service programs and community organizations. The goal is often helping people of a particular demographic, such as children, U.S. military veterans, or people who are homeless.

Job duties usually include collecting data and reporting the information to upper-level management and stakeholders to show the effectiveness of a program.7

Where to Start in Healthcare Management

The above are just a few examples, but many entry-level healthcare jobs can open doors for your career. Choose your first administrative healthcare job based on the skills you want to develop that will ultimately lead you to where you want to be.

According to the American College of Healthcare Executives, the following departments within the healthcare field are your first step toward achieving great things:

  • Finance
  • Government relations
  • Human resources
  • Information systems
  • Marketing and public affairs
  • Material management
  • Medical staff relations
  • Nursing administration
  • Patient care services
  • Planning and development

In addition to hospitals and clinics, places to begin your job search include nursing homes, healthcare associations, health insurance companies, behavioral health facilities, rehabilitation centers, universities, and research institutions.4

Healthcare Management Education and Experience

O L L Healthcare Management Career Guide

Moving into healthcare management jobs requires the right amount of education and experience.

A bachelor’s degree is only the minimum requirement. An MBA in Healthcare Management shows dedication to the field and your career making you a much more attractive job candidate.

Learn more about how you can advance in healthcare management with our free comprehensive career guide.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Service Managers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-6.
  2. http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Healthcare_Administrator/Salary/d1a7e138/Entry-Level.
  3. https://www.roberthalf.com/officeteam/administrative-assistant-job-description.
  4. https://www.ache.org/membership/health-management-careers/careers.html.
  5. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-8.
  6. http://work.chron.com/types-jobs-can-degree-healthcare-administration-6968.html.
  7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm#tab-2.
  8. http://www.pmi.org/learning/publications/pmi-today.
  9. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Service Managers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-4.

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