15 Skills You Need to Land a Job in Healthcare Management

So, you need a change. You’ve had a career in healthcare for years, and you’ve been slowly moving up the ladder, but now you want to make a significant jump.

Researching healthcare management positions is a natural choice. How better to put your skills to use than with a job title like medical director, clinical manager or nursing home administrator? Your time as a medical lab technician, registered nurse or medical administrator has likely prepared you for some of the healthcare management job duties like creating schedules, juggling multiple initiatives, planning medical treatments and communicating with members of the medical team. 

The good news: Medical and health services manager jobs are expected to grow 22 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So how can you land one of those jobs? Earning your healthcare management degree is a good start; after all, most of these jobs require a bachelor or master’s degree. But all the applicants will likely have a degree. What you need to know is how to distinguish yourself among the applicant pool and demonstrate the skill set employers are really seeking. It’s this simple …

Skills employers want in a healthcare management candidate

An analysis of 74,290 medical and health services manager job postings over the last three months* reveals the skills employers are looking for in prospective candidates.

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Gain an edge in your quest for that dream healthcare management job

Now that you know what employers want, how can you put this information to good use? Here are two suggestions:

1. Determine which skills you already have … and which ones you need to work on

Thanks to your years of healthcare experience, you’re probably already familiar with many of these skills. Have you taken care of patients, helped with scheduling or worked with colleagues on treatment plans? Go ahead and check them off your list.

But healthcare managers have a range of job duties and it’s unlikely you’ve gained this experience in your previous roles. Perhaps the best way to work on a few of these crucial skills before you hit the job market is by earning a degree. Knowing which skills you lack will help you focus on those areas in your coursework more closely.

2. Update your resume

Of course you’ll want to update the education section of your resume after you earn your degree. But don’t stop there.

You should also think about how you can relate your past experiences and the things you learned in school to your list of skills. You don’t want to exclude skills like medical treatment or scheduling, for example, just because you thought it was part of your daily routine – employers need to know that you have experience in certain areas. Something you consider mundane in your current role might be a skill one of your competitors is lacking on their resume.

Closing thoughts

Hopefully now you see that those better paying jobs are closer than you think. Yes, sometimes career changes can be nerve-racking, but that needn’t be the case if you’re prepared.

So what are you waiting for? You know what skills you need. It’s time to take control of your future. Learn more about Rasmussen College’s healthcare management degree and begin your journey to a healthcare management position.

 

*Source: Burning Glass (An analysis of 74,290 online job postings between May 25, 2013 and Aug. 22, 2013)

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Elizabeth is a freelance writer for Rasmussen College. She researches and writes student-focused articles that focus on nursing, health sciences, business and justice studies. She enjoys writing engaging content to help future, current, and former students on their path to a rewarding education.

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