Choosing a suitable career can be hard. Technology is changing the employment landscape with alarming speed, and it’s difficult to know which jobs will still be around in 20 years, and which will have been mastered by robots and artificial intelligence systems.
While some healthcare jobs are expected to become increasingly automated, roles which require a great deal of human interaction and management ability look safe for the foreseeable future, which makes studying for a healthcare related degree a sound investment.
The Healthcare Industry Is Growing
In the western world, the population is aging, which increases the need for health services of all kinds. In addition to the growth necessitated by managing the needs of a large elderly population, the rise of chronic diseases in the young and the middle-aged has spurred growth in the industry.
Chronic diseases include obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression and other mental health issues.
Types of Management Roles
Two very traditional management roles are those of healthcare administrators and nurse managers.
A qualified healthcare administrator can work in several settings including hospitals, clinics, and nursing home management, as well as work in health insurance companies and with government agencies to help develop and implement healthcare policies. Healthcare administrators typically need to obtain a master in healthcare administration degree.
Nurse leaders are responsible for the nursing staff in a facility or a hospital department. They create schedules, evaluate staff, oversee budgets, and ensure that ethical and legal standards are adhered to. A bachelor’s degree in nursing is the minimum educational requirement for a nurse administrator, but most nurse administrators hold a master of science in nursing.
Salaries for both professions are good, with nurse managers earning between $76,000 and $118,000, and healthcare administrators making an average wage of $63,000, and up to well over $100,000.
How to Obtain the Necessary Qualifications
The traditional way to achieve any formal qualification has been to attend a brick and mortar college, but today these same educational institutions provide online programs so you can study for your degree in your spare time.
You can obtain your online masters in nursing or degree in health administration while continuing to work and earn an income, which makes these types of degrees an attractive option for mature students.
The length of your online degree program will vary depending on which course you decide to study and how many credits you opt to take each semester.
If you choose to study for your healthcare degree through an online program, you must make sure that the school is accredited, so your qualifications will be recognized by employers. Most schools will display the logo of their accreditation body on their course information pages so you can tell at a glance if the program is a legitimate one.
A career in healthcare management offers you the chance to do rewarding work vital to the community, and earn a good income in the process. So, if you’ve been exploring your career options recently, then this career track is one you might want to add to your list.
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