University of Wisconsin–Madison

Health Care Facility Administrator

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Health Care Facility Administrators manage the operations of a health care facility. They work in hospitals, clinics, nursing home facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes, outpatient clinics, hospices, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies.
  • Health Care Facility Administrators create and implement policy and procedures, hire and supervise staff, and direct budget planning, ordering of supplies, development of new programs and facility upgrades and improvements.
  • Persons majoring in Health Care Administration may become Hospital Administrators, Medical Clinic Managers, Nursing Home Administrators (NHA), Human Resource Directors, Marketing Managers, Pharmaceutical Salesperson, HMO Underwriter, Health Care Consultant, Project Administrators, Project Managers, Team Coordinators, Publicity Managers, or Technical Analysts.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Health Care industry is changing quickly. With an aging population, increasing costs, changing technology, and changing demographics, Health Care Administrators must be able to manage this dynamic field.
  • May work long hours and be called in at all hours to deal with problems.
  • Want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

 Education: 4-6 years

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $84,513

 Job Growth: High

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 6,350
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 333,000
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 389,300
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 17%
Expected Annual Openings: 14,050
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $84,513

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center provides the most current salary information available from CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop will have a lapse between when the information is gathered and when it is released.

Advancing into more responsible and higher paying positions such as Assistant or Associate Administrator, Department Head, or Chief Executive Officer (CEO), or by moving to a bigger facility is an option.