4 Jobs in Healthcare Administration You Never Knew Existed

Jobs in healthcare administration

You’ve probably heard about the growing demand for nurses but nursing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re intrigued by the healthcare industry but not keen on becoming a nurse, there are plenty of non-patient care opportunities that will still allow you to take advantage of a satisfying, in-demand industry. These opportunities lie in healthcare administration.

This field hosts a variety of positions that call for a variety of skill sets. We consulted the U.S. Department of Labor to identify four in-demand jobs in healthcare administration that are perfect for those hoping to enter the industry. Learn a bit about the duties of each and what it takes to excel in these careers.

4 entry-level jobs in healthcare administration

1. Medical assistant

Career outlook (2012 – 2022): 22 percent or higher

Median annual salary (2014): $32,240

Also known as medical secretaries, these individuals answer and direct phone calls, greet visitors and converse with patients to learn the purpose of their visit or to complete necessary documents. They schedule and confirm appointments, compile medical charts and record reports and correspondence.

Medical assistants must have a foundational knowledge of medical terms and procedures and must possess strong customer service skills. Extreme focus and attention to detail are also imperative as work will often be important, yet somewhat repetitive. Individuals should also be comfortable working with various software and technology to perform daily tasks.

2. Medical transcriptionist

Career outlook (2012 – 2022): 8 – 14 percent

Median annual salary (2014): $34,750

Medical transcriptionists are responsible for transforming medical recordings into written reports, meaning strong typing skills are a must. Often drafts can be produced through speech recognition software, in which case a medical transcriptionist must review the draft and revise any mistakes in grammar or style. They must also check for inconsistencies or missing information that could compromise a patient’s health.

Attention to detail is extremely important in this position as well as critical thinking skills. Individuals must also have a basic knowledge of medical terms and procedures. Medical transcriptionists can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, transcription service companies or even from their own home.

3. Medical billing administrators

Career outlook (2012 – 2022): 15 – 21 percent

Median annual salary (2014): $34,410

These professionals manage patient insurance policies and billing. They deal with paperwork and data entry for contracts and ensure bills are paid on time. They also prepare itemized statements or invoices and verify accuracy of billing data.

Medical billing administrators have to have a detailed understanding of the various types of insurance plans patients may have. These positions will likely require an associate degree or certificate in medical billing and coding or medical administrative assistance.

4. Medical coding

Career outlook (2012 – 2022): 22 percent or higher

Median annual salary (2014): $35,900

Medical coders, also called health information technicians, organize health information data. They review patient records to check for timely, complete, accurate and appropriate data that is electronically stores for easy access. It is their duty to ensure this health information remains secure and organized.

Medical coding does not require a degree, but specific training will likely be a prerequisite upon being hired. A certificate or diploma is a good way to get started in the field, but you must be willing to learn and adapt to new technology as the industry evolves.

Get your foot in the door

The healthcare industry hosts huge opportunities for those who are passionate and motivated. Once you get your foot in the door, there is no telling where you might end up. If you are organized detail-oriented and adaptable, jobs in healthcare administration might be the perfect first step for you.

Learn more about the educational options available to help launch a rewarding career in healthcare administration!

Celia Isaac

Celia is a freelance writer for Collegis education who writes student focused articles for Rasmussen College. She aims to inform and engage students at all stages of their educational journeys.

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