Healthcare administrators lead and manage healthcare facilities and the staff who work there. They work on the business side of a health facility, maintaining policies and procedures for institutional activities and developing various programs. Healthcare administrators can run an entire facility or manage the operations of a specific department, such as human resources, accounting or finance.
Most administrators work in an office setting at a hospital, clinic, physician group practice, nursing home or home health agency. They work long hours and, since health facilities are open around they clock, may be called upon at any time to deal with problems. Healthcare administrators must possess exceptional communication, organization and leadership skills to be successful managers.
Most health administration jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree, or in larger facilities, a master’s. Some programs offer certificates for people who already have a degree and want to get into the profession.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Healthcare administrators have a good job outlook. The average growth rate for the state is 14%.