What Jobs Can You Get With a Health Administration Degree?

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    • A degree in health care administration allows you to work with finances in the health care field.Cash image by Greg Carpenter from

      Associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in health administration are offered by colleges and universities. However, most entry-level positions require a bachelor's degree. Health administration programs teach students anatomy, accounting, insurance, health care economics, management and principles of health and disease. Graduates have knowledge of strategic planning, leadership, resource management and medical terminology. Graduates may work in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, insurance companies or government--such as Medicaid, Child Protective Services or the Social Security Administration.

    Health Services Manager

    • Health services managers, also called health care executives or health care administrators, need to have a master's degree, although some entry-level positions will accept a bachelor's degree. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, health services managers plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care. Managing personnel, finances, business operations, and admissions, as well as providing patient care, is also part of the job description of a health services manager. Employment in nursing homes and assisted care facilities requires licensure by the state. Licensing requirements include a bachelor's degree from a state approved program and passing the licensing exam. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary of health services managers in 2008 was $80,240.

    Patient Access Manager

    • Patient Access Managers are responsible for planning, supervising, coordinating and managing daily activities and employees. Overseeing patient registration, admission, billing, patient coordination, compliance and benefits is also the responsibility of a patient access manager. Patient access managers need to be flexible, compassionate, decisive and have problem solving skills. A four-year bachelor's degree in health administration is needed for most patient access manager positions as well as leadership, problem solving and organizational abilities.

    Social Service Manager

    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social service managers plan, organize or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Job duties also include organizational budgeting, benefits and participant involvement policies, as well as directing social workers, probation officers and counselors. Social service managers need to have knowledge in psychology, public safety, resource allocation and human resources. Most social service manager positions require a four-year bachelor's degree in health administration or a related field. In 2009, the average salary was $56,600.

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