Health Informatics & Administration:
B.S. Health Care Administration
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This demand will in turn result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and staffs in the healthcare industry. There will likely be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as baby boomers age.
Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is expected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.
Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median salary for all medical and health services managers in 2012 was greater than $75,000 per year, earnings vary by type and size of the facility and level of responsibility.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (Published January 8, 2014).
Salaries of New Graduates
Local healthcare employers and new graduates of the health care administration undergraduate program report average starting salaries between $30,000 and $45,000 per year, depending on the position and type of employer as well as years of experience and location. Most new graduates are employed within 3 to 6 months of graduation, with an increasing number pursuing graduate studies. 39 students graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Administration during the past academic year (2013-2014).