4 Benefits of a Health Care Management Degree

doctor-holding-clipboardIf you like the idea of working in the health care industry but aren’t sure you’re suited to treating and diagnosing patients, a job in health care management may be the right career for you. Earning healthcare management degrees results in a number of benefits for job-seekers. If you’re considering majoring in this field, you should know that you’ll be able to count on the following benefits.

1. A Stable Job Field

While other career fields boom and bust, the healthcare industry remains constant. If anything, it’s growing, especially as the large baby boomer population is growing older and is in need of more long-term medical care. Any career in the healthcare industry is highly likely to be a stable one, and you don’t need to be a doctor or nurse to enjoy that job stability.

With a health care management degree, you can work in an office setting without worrying about whether or not your employer will still be around in a few years. Many individuals spend their entire working lives in the health care industry, earning pensions and retirement benefits—a relative rarity in the modern world. When you consider that you may be doing work in the health care industry similar to the work you would have done as a manager in a different kind of office or organization, it makes sense to choose the industry that offers the prospect of stable work.

2. Wide Net of Options

There are few careers in which you truly have options. With health care, you don’t have to move where the jobs are—you can work wherever you please. Every community, large and small, is in need of health care management professionals. If you have to move for family reasons, you won’t be in a desperate scramble to find a job within commuting distance of your new home.

The type of place at which you work can vary, too. You can work for a large hospital system or a small independent clinic, meaning your colleagues could number in the thousands or under a dozen. You can work at a place that serves the elderly or disabled in a long-term care facility or opt for a place that serves children at a pediatrician’s office or children’s hospital. Physical therapy centers and even fitness centers are often in need of healthcare managers, too.

3. Find Your Specialization

Being a healthcare manager doesn’t limit you to a certain type of work. Most mid- to large-sized hospital systems and clinics employ a team of managers, and each may have a specialization. For example, if you have an interest in IT, you can earn a double major and incorporate your IT specialization into your work as a healthcare manager. You can also employ specializations such as finance and human resources.

Of course, you can also enter the healthcare management field after a career in the clinical side of the healthcare industry. Former nurses, medical assistants and even doctors play an integral role in the management department of many hospitals, clinics and facilities. They’re especially valued managing the types of departments in which they previously worked, making sure that the entire staff works efficiently and effectively.

4. Flexible Field

Even if you’ve already earned a degree in an unrelated field, it doesn’t take that long to complete a second undergraduate degree in health care management. You can also go for a master’s degree, as many of the online and on-campus programs are open to those who have completed undergraduate degrees in other fields, particularly related fields, such as general administration or management.

If you’re looking for a degree that you can earn in a short period of time, even while you work another job, you can’t get much more flexible than health care management courses. Health care management of is of the few career paths that doesn’t require many years of schooling and shadowing.

The stability of the field in terms of employment, the option to work for both large and small facilities, the chance to specialize in an area of interest, such as finance or IT and the flexibility even after earning a bachelor’s in an unrelated field are just a few of the benefits of earning a degree in health care management.

About the Author: Eunice Weston is a contributing blogger and health care manager. She’s one of the many in her graduating class to take advantage of a list of Colorado State healthcare careers recommended by her university.