Opportunities for employment in health services are numerous and growing "faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2006 as health services continue to expand and diversify" (United States Department of Labor 2000).
People who manage health services are needed in a wide variety of work settings. The most common place of employment for these individuals is hospitals, followed by the offices of physicians, dentists, and other health-related practitioners (United States Department of Labor 2000).
Careers in the health-care area are included in Kleiman's 100 Best Job$ for the 1990s & Beyond (197-228). Demand for health services managers is expected to be strong as the country's population ages and uses more health-care services. Also, demand for managers will increase as the providers of health care become more oriented to the bottom line because of competition and the need to cut costs.
Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in health administration are offered by colleges, universities, and schools of public health, medicine, allied health, public administration, and business administration. In 2001, 67 schools had accredited programs leading to the master's degree in health services administration. . . . (United States Department of Labor 2003)
Health services managers are often recruited from the college or university they attend before they graduate. In larger hospitals, they are often recruited to fill assistant department head positions. In smaller hospitals, they may enter at the department head level.