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Medical and Health Services Managers in California

May also be called: Clinical Directors; Directors of Health Services; Directors of Nursing; Health Care Administrators; Health Information Administrators; Hospital Directors; Medical Directors; Public Health Administrators

Specialties within this occupation include: Assisted Living and Senior Housing Managers; Charge Nurse Specialists; Histocompatibility Laboratory Directors; Home Health Directors; Infection Control Specialists; Long-Term Care Nurse Managers; Quality Assurance Specialists; Resident Assessment Specialists; Staff Development Specialists

What Would I Do?

Medical and Health Services Managers, also known as clinical directors or health care administrators, plan, direct, or coordinate clinical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations. These workers are either generalists who manage an entire facility or specialists in charge of a specific clinical department.

Some Medical and Health Services Managers work in comfortable, private offices, while others share space with other staff. Most Managers work long hours. Because nursing care facilities and hospitals operate around the clock, Managers may be called at all hours to deal with problems. They also travel to attend meetings or inspect satellite facilities.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Medical and Health Services Manager will appeal to those who enjoy starting up and carrying out projects, persuading and leading people, and making decisions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2020 for Medical and Health Services Managers in California is $125,108 annually, or $60.15 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Annual Wages for 2020Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$89,819$125,108>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2020 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most Medical and Health Services Managers receive excellent benefits. Benefit packages usually include medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as retirement plans, vacation, and sick leave. Some employers also offer life and disability insurance, tuition assistance, and a paid time-off bank.

What is the Job Outlook?

The job outlook for prospective Medical and Health Services Managers is bright. Employment within this occupation is expected to grow faster than average in the coming years due to net replacement needs, especially for applicants with work experience in health care and strong management skills.

How Do I Qualify?

Most employers of Medical and Health Services Managers require a master's degree in health services administration. The completion of a bachelor's degree, combined with extensive work experience in related medical or health occupations, may be accepted by some employers instead of a master's degree.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Other ways include browsing Internet job banks and help wanted ads, attending job fairs, using college job placement centers, and becoming a member of a health care management organization. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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