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Hospital Administrator

Overview: Hospital administrators make decisions about the business and financial operations of their hospital such as budgets, accounting, patient charge rates, salaries, and selection and development of staff workers. They decide on how to invest hospital funds in research and community services.
Duties: They develop or improve programs or services for scientific research, preventative medicine, medical rehabilitation and community health. Oversee the hospitals medical ethic standards.

They administer financial operations such as budget planning, accounting & hospital patient charges. They make decisions about purchases of medical equipment.

They direct hiring procedures and training programs for hospital physicians, nurses, technicians and staff. Determine methods to evaluate the performance effectiveness of hospital employees.

They design the hospital's compensation and promotion program as well as special recognition awards for outstanding performance by hospital employees. Negotiate with employee labor unions.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of hospital administrators is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. The need to improve quality and efficiency of healthcare while controlling costs will drive demand. Additional demand will stem from the need to secure patient records according to law and recruit workers and increase retention.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $37,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A master's degree in hospital administration, health sciences or public health is the usual qualification. A bachelor's degree is acceptable for entry positions such as administrative assistant or assistant to a department supervisor in hospitals or nursing homes. All states require a licensing examination for nursing home senior administrators.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.