Health care administrators either direct and coordinate medical services for an entire medical facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area. The number of available positions in the coming years is projected to expand by an impressive 23 percent, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employee health services managers in Los Angeles, that are able to adapt easily to new health care laws and technology, earn an average annual salary of more than $100,000, according to current employment data.
"We now need more managers who can effectively lead in the digital age and create a culture of administrative frugality, grassroots innovation and regulatory compliance at work," said Dr. Andre Avramchuk, assistant professor of management and director of health care management programs at California State University, Los Angeles. "Employers favor prudent leaders who capitalize on recent changes."
Avramchuk said his proactive department is dedicated to helping health care managers succeed and prosper in this challenging field of interest.
"We do that in the context of a highly accredited business program taught by experienced health care and management professionals, which is distinct from other more clinically oriented programs," said Avramchuk, who earned his Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University.
What key qualities must an effective health care manager possess?
"They need courage to stand up to the status quo, resourcefulness to team up with the right specialists and find new solutions to old problems, and compassion to stay focused on the core of care."
What is the best way to prepare for a sustainable career?
"I envision health care managers to have a purposefully crafted blend of business and health care backgrounds and are savvy about applying it. This is not to say that novices lack chances in health care management, but it is to encourage them to pursue the right paths in education and practice."
What is your advice to those interested in pursuing a career as a health care manager?
"I urge prospective health care managers to get any job within a health care setting they are curious about and grow from within. Investing in an appropriate health care management degree to create an individual advancement opportunity is advantageous."
Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to Examiner.com.
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