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Where Can You Work with a Master's in Healthcare Administration?

Where Can You Work with a Master's in Healthcare Administration?

By Peter Vogt | Monster Career Coach

A master’s degree in healthcare administration is mostly a blessing with a bit of a curse tossed in.

It’s a blessing in that you’ll be able to explore management-oriented careers in a wide range of healthcare-related organizations and settings once you’ve finished your program. You’ll also have the potential to oversee an assortment of essential activities: financial matters, regulatory and legal compliance, human resources functions, facilities and equipment, technology, public relations and policymaking, just to name a few.

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Salary: $55,320 - $125,988
Min. Education: Bachelor's
Related Careers: Health Information Technician & Technologist, Health Educator

But for some students studying healthcare administration – also known as health administration, healthcare management or health services administration, depending on the school and program – the seemingly endless variety can be an unexpected curse: The career confusion that stems from having so many opportunities, known and unknown.

“Haziness is common,” says Susan Odegaard Turner, a nurse executive. “Folks just don’t know what to do with [this] degree.”

In fact, one of the more common questions on Monster’s Healthcare Careers message board is, “What can I do with a master’s degree in healthcare administration?”

The short answer: All kinds of things. The longer, more helpful answer: You can get your hands around the various possibilities by thinking in terms of four employment sectors specified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration: providers, suppliers, insurance organizations and policy organizations.

Healthcare Providers


Providers account for the most common and most obvious career paths for graduates of healthcare administration programs.

Leading the way are hospitals, which employ about 30 percent of all healthcare administrators, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But hospitals aren’t the only providers in town. Healthcare administration grads can also find jobs with:

1. Group physician practices.
2. Clinics.
3. Nursing homes and elder-care facilities.
4. Home healthcare organizations.
5. Outpatient care centers.
6. Mental health organizations.
7. Rehabilitation centers.

Among the many job titles you might investigate in this sector: administrator, director of business development, executive director, practice manager, vice president, chief nursing officer, director of risk management and director of patient safety.


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    over 1 year ago

    4 comments

    I also agree with nneka- catch 22 on the "prior experience" thing.

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    rodge003

    over 1 year ago

    4 comments

    I have a BS in Healthcare managment that I finished a little over a year ago. I would like to go for the Master's, but I haven't gotten a job in it yet, and I'm still slaving away in dlinical Dental Hygiene. I feel stuck- I just can't justify more student loan debt until I find a job in my new field. It also sounds like by reading the other posts that people with a Master's can't find jobs either. Good Grief!!

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    Clerk

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    I have been blessed as a veteran to get a clerk job in the VA. I believe that my Master Degree will allow me to be promoted up the chain easier. I would encourage everyone to be proactive and looking possibly outside of the area you live. Finding a Job in Health Care Management will require you to have experience so be prepared to start in the a job that you are over qualified for.

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    Caring4

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I am also seeking employement with a Masters in Health Care Administration. Networking has become a dead end and also applying online is such torment. Very discouraged in the surmounting bills and educational debt approaching me.

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    mastersd9

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I agree, with you all, it has been over a year now since I graduated with my Masters in Healthcare administration. Now that the economy is recovering, I'm looking for work. However, looking for a job has still become a major challenge. I keep reading about the healthcare administration demands so why are we without jobs??

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