Career Growth


Executive Careers in Health Administration

Our healthcare system is undergoing profound change unlike any experienced before. Access, quality, and cost of healthcare are critical issues that affect all citizens, residents, and communities. The healthcare industry – which account for more than 17 percent of the entire U.S. economy – involves complex and fast-moving developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management. Visionary and effective leadership is needed to transform and improve management structures in a highly competitive, market-driven environment.

Tomorrow’s healthcare leaders must address such pressing issues as:

•  How will we control healthcare costs as baby boomers become senior citizens and medical technology continues to advance?
•  How will healthcare dollars be allocated across generations?
•  How can we measure quality of care?
•  How can we assure that all U.S. residents have access to healthcare?

As the delivery system changes, career opportunities abound. The field needs transformation-minded leaders – in hospitals, health plans, medical practices, health-related enterprises, and community health organizations – who have the passion, knowledge, and skills to shape the future of healthcare. 



Industry Status and Outlook

All data and interpretations below are taken from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment and Wages - May 2013 for occupational classification 11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers "also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators [who] plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations. 

Note: Maps and graphs have been reproduced or visually modified to illustrate specific executive career opportunities related to the EMHA program. 


Comparative Employment Growth in Health Administration


23% growth projected in employment of health administrators from 2012 to 2022 – much greater than the average growth for all occupations.

As the healthcare industry faces an aging baby boomer population and people continue to remain active later in life, the increased demand for medical products and services will continue. An increase in physicians, patients, procedures, and facilities will contribute to the growth of diverse opportunities for healthcare administrators. Services previously provided in hospitals will shift to offices of health practitioners. Increased amounts of medical information and staff will call for an increased need for qualified managers. Demands for nursing care facility administrators will likely increase in relation to the aging baby boomer population. Additionally, demands in medical group practice management are expected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex. This rapidly changing healthcare environment will continue to offer executive-level careers for highly talented healthcare professionals looking to make a difference.  


Employment Levels in Health Administration by State

Employment levels in health administration across the United States illustrate the prominence that healthcare administrators continue to play in the day-to-day lives of the American people.

States and areas with the health administration employment levels up to 27,530 include: California, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, District of Columbia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida.




Annual Mean Wage in Health Administration by State


As healthcare administrators apply their passion, knowledge, and skills to shape the future of our industry, they are competitively compensated for addressing the changes that accompany a rapidly growing field.

States and areas with the highest annual median wages include: New Jersey, Delaware, New York, California and District of Columbia with annual mean wages from $114,420 to $123,120 respectively. 

Annual Mean Wage by Specific Industry within Health Administration


The field of health administration offers a vast array of positions and opportunities for well-trained and professionally connected leaders to substantially improve the health and well being of the world around them.

Areas with the highest annual median wages include: Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing, Device Manufacturing, and Health Information Systems with annual mean wages from $165,400 to $140,870. 




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