Careers & Salary

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook has identified the increasing “baby boomer” health care needs as driving higher demand for the health management occupation. Healthcare occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth and to add the most jobs between 2016 and 2026, as indicated in the most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor. This field is expected to grow by 20 percent.

Students who complete our Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) enter a variety of management positions within healthcare where they focus on the delivery, quality, and cost of healthcare for individuals and the population.

Examples of Job SettingsPossible Job Titles
Healthcare Providers

  • Group physician practices
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes and elder-care facilities
  • Home healthcare organizations
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Mental health organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Administrator
  • Director of business development
  • Executive director
  • Practice manager
  • Vice president
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Director of risk management
  • Director of patient safety
Healthcare Suppliers

  • Consulting firms
  • Healthcare management companies
  • Companies that develop, manufacture, and market supplies and equipment
  • Pharmaceutical organizations
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Educational organizations
  • Consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Buyer
  • Sales director
  • Director of market research faculty/instructor
  • Product manager
  • Analyst
Health Insurance Organizations
  • Research analyst
  • Utilization manager
  • Quality improvement coordinator
  • Client manager
  • Director of strategic planning
Healthcare Policy Organizations
  • Communications director
  • Legislative assistant
  • Policy analyst
  • Community healthcare organizer
  • Health planner


There are 4,480 medical and health service manager positions in Kentucky with an employment rise of 3.2%. The annual mean wage is $92,290 with a rise of 2.1%. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for Kentucky

As of 2016, there were 352,200 medical and health services managers employed in the U.S. with a rise of 20% by 2026.  The national annual median is $96,540, a 10% increase of other management occupations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $98,350 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $58,350 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $176,130. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2017, the median annual wages for medical and health services managers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Hospitals (state, local, and private$107,230
Outpatient care centers$89,910
Offices of physicians$89,760
Nursing and residential care facilities$82,950



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