By Dr. Janet Brill
If you were interested in the healthcare industry but wanted to work more on the managerial side, healthcare management could be a great option for you. Healthcare management offers many advantages and is one of the most sought-after positions in the healthcare field at the moment. Let’s look at some of the reasons you should consider pursuing a career in health management.
Healthcare management is a very diverse field and you can specialize your education based on your preferences and strengths. If you’re an IT buff and would like to use your strengths, you could always consider pursuing a healthcare technology degree. If you have a formal formation as an accountant and would also like to use it as part of your formation, you could work in clinical billing. Or, if you simply want a more hands on approach, you could consider getting an online masters in health administration. An online EMHA degree will teach you the ins and outs of population management, healthcare innovation, and how to develop a confident and qualified health force.
Many people would love to work in healthcare, but many aren’t ready for the gruesome nature of the job in many cases. Healthcare management allows you to make a difference without having to directly do clinical work. Healthcare management professionals will usually be asked to do behind the scenes work. They often work on budgeting and other administrative tasks. However, they can still make a difference in the well-being of their patients through their work, which can be very gratifying.
As a matter of fact, according to a recent study by Payscale, the highest paid healthcare professionals were the ones who reported they felt the highest level of satisfaction in the jobs. Only 44% of the highest paid professionals declared that they were satisfied with their jobs and the overwhelming majority of those who said they were happened to work in the healthcare industry. As a matter of fact, healthcare managers rated their satisfaction at five stars, the highest possible rating in the survey.
Because of an aging population, the demand for health care professional at all levels is experiencing unprecedented growth right now, and that includes health care managers. The demand for healthcare managers is expected to grow in the next few years and salaries are very high. In 2008, most healthcare managers earned over $90,000 a year, which is one of the highest paid positions in healthcare.
As you can see, there are tons of reasons anybody should consider pursuing a career in healthcare management. It is one of the most vibrant and in-demand positions, with great prospects. It is also a very fulfilling career path that can take advantage of your aptitudes and strengths. Anybody who once considered a career in healthcare but felt like they didn’t have what it took to work at a clinical level should consider healthcare management as an option.