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Job opportunities will be good, and applicants with work experience in the healthcare field and strong business management skills should have the best opportunities. Medical and health services managers will continues to be needed as medical facilities and medical practices become larger and more complex. Competition for jobs at the highest management levels will be keen because of high pay and prestige.

Educational Qualifications

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public health, public administration, or business administration also are common.

A student who wishes to qualify for admission to a post-baccalaureate health professional degree program should verify and plan to meet all relevant field- specific and institution-specific requirements, which may include the completion of classes in addition to those listed here.

Job Outlook

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Entering Salary

The median annual wage of accountants and auditors was $61,690 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,940 and the top 10 percent earned more than $106,880.

The median annual wage of paralegals and legal assistants was $46,680 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the top 10 percent earned more than $74,870. The median annual wage of lawyers was $112,760 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,130, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

The median annual wage of financial analysts was $74,350 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,490, and the top 10 percent earned more than $141,700.

The median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,280, and the top 10 percent earned more than $144,880.

The median annual wage of management analysts was $78,160 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,900, and the top 10 percent earned more than $138,790.

The median annual wage of human resources specialists was $52,690 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $93,260.

The median annual wage of market research analysts was $60,570 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,350, and the top 10 percent earned more than $111,440. The median annual wage for marketing managers was $112,800 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,750, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

In May 2010 the wages for economists began at $89,450, for urban planners $40,410, and for political scientists $48,720

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh