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MHA Jobs Are in Demand: A Growing Need for Healthcare Administrators

By on September 29, 2017 in ACU Programs with 0 Comments

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When you picture yourself leading a team, where do you see yourself? A bustling wing in a medical center? A tree-lined residential community, where patients live on site? A hometown practice? It’s nice to have options, and the knowledge and skills you’ll develop while earning your MHA give you plenty of choices.

If you’re a passionate, compassionate healthcare professional looking to grow in your career, advancing your education will help you take that next step.

The Demand for MHA Graduates

An aging population. An increasing focus on preventative health. A boom in building medical facilities. For these reasons and more, there’s never been a better time to enter the healthcare field. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that people will hold 2.3 million new healthcare jobs will have been created in the decade preceding through 2024. With practitioner, administrative, and support staff positions available at all skill levels, it’s also clear there’s a big need for people to take the lead. With such a demand, many areas around the country can’t fill these higher-level positions quickly enough.

Employers are hungry for qualified business-minded leaders in the healthcare field. Today, due in part to industry demand and applicant competition, many leadership and executive-level healthcare positions require a graduate degree such as a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). An MHA is geared toward developing ethical, professional, and skilled healthcare leaders. Students pursuing an MHA typically already work in the field and are looking to move into roles with greater responsibility.

Advanced training also is important today because we’re in an ever-evolving industry. As the medical field becomes more complex, both in policy and technological advances, we’ll have a greater need for innovators, communicators, and big-picture thinkers. Mixing patient care with a solid business acumen provides an edge, and that’s one of the most compelling reasons organizations have for hiring an MHA graduate.

The BLS reports that demand for medical and health services managers, the classification it uses for MHA-level careers, will grow by 17 percent between now and 2024; this is much faster than the average employment growth of 5 to 8 percent.

Available Jobs for MHA Graduates

With a master’s of healthcare administration, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of positions and locations, focusing on everything from clinical care and disease prevention to finance and business development. Here are just a few examples of where you may find an MHA graduate leading the way:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehab centers
  • Group practices
  • Urgent care centers
  • Research facilities
  • Government programs
  • Insurance providers
  • Retirement communities
  • Healthcare suppliers
  • Educational or advocacy organizations

The MHA is a versatile degree. The types of positions, duties, and settings can vary, but one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of openings for people with both a solid medical background and the right academic credentials.

The highest level of MHA jobs, such as an executive director or CEO, of course, consider other factors such as previous business and leadership experience. With an MHA, you can aim high, continuing to advance as you gain leadership experience and prove results.

Who Would Benefit from an MHA?

No matter what you’re doing career-wise today, and no matter what your current academic credentials, your experiences are likely a good foundation for a master’s of healthcare administration.

Just as you see a variety of MHA jobs, you’ll see such a mix of professional backgrounds and existing credentials in MHA programs. Sometimes you may meet pharmacists, physicians, or nurses seeking an to further their leadership, analytical, and finance skills. Others may be healthcare administrative workers looking to advance in their current careers. You may also find people employed by insurance or medical services companies who are looking to expand their industry knowledge to move up within their related companies. Finally, business or technology professionals such as accountants and database administrators may have an interest in applying their skills and knowledge to the challenges and issues of healthcare today.

As you peruse “best jobs of the year” or “hardest positions to fill” lists you’ll likely continue to see healthcare positions among the contenders, and this demand, of course, means leadership roles will grow, too. Taking your education to the next level could very well be a good investment, as the demand for master’s degree-level candidates continues to increase.

If you’re looking to continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and colleagues while advancing in your career consider learning more about the online MHA program at ACU.

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