There were just over 315,000 people engaged in health services management occupations in 2012 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Per the BLS, strong demand is projected for health services managers through 2022, as employment in these occupations is expected to grow 23% from 2012 levels. This anticipated employment growth is being spurred by demographic and technological trends that have been, and will continue, driving demand growth for healthcare services in general. This anticipated 23% increase in health services management positions is more than double the 11% growth rate projected for all occupations in the U.S. during the same forecast period.
This diverse group, which ranges from health information administrators and clinical managers all the way up to senior hospital and health system executives, is integral to the effective functioning of the U.S. healthcare system. Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, outpatient service providers, group and individual health practices and many related institutions rely on the operational and administrative expertise of health service management professionals. While the underlying demand growth for healthcare services points toward a robust expansion of health services management jobs, escalating pressure on healthcare providers to operate more cost effectively will create further opportunities for management professionals who can help providers adapt to this changing operational environment.
For more about this profession, check out Health Services Managers | What Do They Do?