Bigger Demand, Bright Future
Managers are Needed to Support the Growing Industry.
With an aging and increasing population, health careers are growing fast. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) predicts that the healthcare industry will create 3 million jobs between 2006 and 2016 – 20 percent of all jobs created in that time period!i
These numbers not only refer to doctors and nurses. A growing industry translates into a growing need for qualified and knowledgeable managers to help improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare processes.
According to the BLS, "Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations."ii
Healthcare Management isn’t only for Hospitals.
As the industry grows, it is also diversifying. Healthcare is now increasingly offered on an outpatient basis, in settings such as clinics, group practitioners’ offices, and outpatient surgery.
Wanda Jones, executive director of the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce points out that, "The more of those kinds of venues offer healthcare, the more we need workers in those areas." She believes that the shortage in nurses and allied health professionals further increases the need for non-patients workers including healthcare managers.iii
Healthcare Managers can also be employed by healthcare management companies, who provide services to health organizations, hospitals and many departments such as emergency information management, contract negotiation and recruiting, according to the BLS.
All this adds up to a bright future!
Professionals holding an education in healthcare management can look forward to opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare settings, as they aid the advancement of one of America’s fastest growing industries.
Think you may be up to the challenge?
i Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2008-09 Edition. Health Care, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm This is a national estimate and conditions in your location may vary.
ii Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Medical and Health Service Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos014.htm This is a national estimate and conditions in your location may vary.
iii Quoted from: Gillette, Becky. "Demand for non-patient care workers on rise." The Mississippi Business Journal. Mississippi Business Journal. 2008. HighBeam Research. 23 Apr. 2009, on the Internet at http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-176131581.html