Healthcare & Medical
Healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services.
What does a Healthcare Administrator do?
Healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire hospital facility, a specific clinical area or department, a community health service, or an aged care facility. Healthcare administrators are also known as health services managers, healthcare executives or hospital administrators.
As a healthcare administrator, your duties could include:
- managing the recruitment and selection of staff
- dealing with day-to-day operational matters, including supervising staff
- liaising with medical and nursing staff
- using statistical information to look at performance and help with long term planning
- attending meetings, writing reports and producing presentations
- setting and managing budgets
- making sure government guidelines are followed, and liaising with health authorities
- working with clinical staff and other professionals
- managing premises including cleaning, catering and security services
- managing contracts.
There is a huge amount of variety in healthcare administration, and you may work in a specific area such as finance, human resources (HR), project management, information management or facilities management.
Key skills and interests
To become a healthcare administrator, you would need:
- strong written and spoken communication skills
- leadership and negotiating skills
- the ability to motivate others to meet deadlines
- good problem solving skills
- financial management skills for working with budgets
- the ability to explain complex issues to a wide range of audiences.
Working hours and conditions
You would usually work a standard number of hours per week. Flexible and part-time work may also be available. If you work in a facility with a 24-hour services, you may need to work shifts or be part of an on-call system to cover emergencies.
You would be based mainly in an office, although you may need to travel for meetings, training courses and conferences.
How to become an Healthcare Administrator?
Entry Level Education
To become a healthcare administrator you usually have to complete a degree in health administration or healthcare management at university. You might also consider a degree in business with a healthcare-related major. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Employment of healthcare administrators is projected to grow 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.
Administrators will be needed to organise and manage medical information and staff in the healthcare industry. There will likely be increased demand for aged care facility administrators as baby boomers age.