What can I do with a degree in Health Care Administration?

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Many students are exploring health care administration and related fields such as hospital and health care facility management or health services administration. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) notes that more than 50,000 degrees were awarded in 2015 in these fields, not counting additional students in public health programs.

Health care administration (HCA) merges business and medical functions, ranging from strategic planning to hospital management to data security for electronic health records. The NCES classifies the diverse aspects of this field: business management and planning, finance, health law and regulations, health care systems operations, human resources, health care policy, public relations and more. HCA opportunities span the public and private sectors.

Industries and careers for health care administration majors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health care administrators can earn a mean annual wage of $109,370.  Additionally, the job outlook is healthy in health care administration — Employment is projected to grow around 20 percent, which is much faster than the average for all U.S. occupations between 2016 and 2026. Here are the five states that had the highest mean annual wage in 2016:

  1. Washington D.C.: $142,380
  2. New York: $135,640
  3. Connecticut: $129,710
  4. California: $122,800
  5. Alaska: $121,530

The BLS notes that health care managers may need training in hospital organization and management, accounting and budgeting, law and ethics, health economics and health information systems. Some students specialize in a particular area or type of facility, for example, mental health. Graduate programs may include supervised experience such as an externship.

Learn more about the field of HCA, as well as related career paths, in our infographic below.

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What Can I Do With a Degree in Health Care Administration?
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