Five Suggestions for Starting a Career in Healthcare Administration

MPH vs MHAIf you are looking to start a career in Healthcare Administration, you have made a great choice. The field of Healthcare Administration is expected to grow. Healthcare Administrators are an important component of keeping medical facilities running smoothly and efficiently. It is a career choice that offers excellent employment opportunities and very good salaries. In this article, we have outlined five tips to help you get started.

Tip #1 – Ensure Healthcare Administration is the right career choice

Before making a quick decision to go into Healthcare Administration, it’s wise to make sure this is the right choice for you. Does it fit with your personality? Will you be doing the kind of work that you will enjoy? People who have become successful in the field of Healthcare Administration are typically good communicators who enjoy working with people. Healthcare Administrators are leaders, not followers. They have a solid understanding of healthcare and business and enjoy solving complex and challenging problems.

In addition, working with technology is a necessity in this field, as is having good organizing and prioritizing skills. In a nutshell, daily work will include using technology, communicating, using good business sense and having a strong knowledge of the healthcare industry to ensure that the organization you are working for can deliver outstanding medical care to its clients. If this sounds interesting and enjoyable to you, then a career in Healthcare Administration is a good choice.

Tip #2 – Spend some time researching the field of Healthcare Administration

Once you have decided to pursue this career choice, the first step to take is to start researching Healthcare Administration. Conducting some research will provide a good understanding of the field and will also help to provide knowledge about the many different types of jobs available. Once you are familiar with the different types of jobs available, you will have an idea as to the level of education that they will require, and the level of education you will need to pursue.

Researching the field may also help to narrow things down a bit by finding an area of specialization that may be of interest to you. The more you know about the field, the better choices you will be able to make in planning for your future.

Tip #3 – Start planning as early as possible

While researching will provide a wealth of information and ensure that you have made a solid decision, planning in advance is equally important. As you will find in your research, a good education will be a critical component to creating a solid foundation for a career in Healthcare Administration.

It is important to maintain a good academic record and prepare for placement tests in an effort to score as high as possible. These steps will ensure you have good options for college acceptance. To understand scoring on the SAT, ACT and GRE exams you can take a look at the following links: http://www.princetonreview.com/college/good-sat-score-act-score.aspx, https://www.ets.org/gre/.

Tip #4 – Obtain an Education

As in most fields, a college education is the key to success. While some jobs in Healthcare Administration only require a Bachelor degree, most require at least a Master’s degree and more and more jobs these days require a Doctorate. When looking for a college to attend, students interested in Healthcare Administration should look for a school that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health care Management Education (CAHME).

If you are currently working and looking to make a career change, a graduate program in Healthcare Administration would be a great option. More information on CAHME can be found here http://www.cahme.org/. Another helpful site is the Association of University Programs in Health Administration which can be found here: www.aupha.org.

Tip #5 – Join a Professional Association

Once you have obtained a solid education, it would serve you well to join a professional association. One such association is the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Memberships are available to students who can join as student associates. A membership in ACHE will provide a wealth of information about the field and may help in landing that first job.

ACHE provides resume services, offers an online job bank where you can post your resume’, provides information about continuing education and will keep you up to date on what is happening in the field. To further understand how ACHE can help, take a look at their website: http://www.ache.org/.

Healthcare Administration is a great field for the right person. With research, planning, education and a good job opportunity, you will be on your way to a very satisfying and fulfilling career. Good luck!

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