Healthcare

Over the last decade, Health Care has become the U.S.’s largest employer, with much of the job growth relating more to non-clinical roles that span a number of other industries. If you desire a fast-paced and challenging work environment where your work directly impacts others, enjoy streamlining complex processes and resolving emerging issues, or conducting research and implementing programs that positively contribute to individuals’ and community health and wellness, then you might want to explore work related to healthcare.

Below, find information and resources related to opportunities in clinical, administration/management, technology/analytics, and public health, policy, and health promotion.


Health Administration/Management

Roles and Work Environment

While the day-to-day work for a health administrator may vary by organization, the responsibilities remain the same. Health Administrators and Managers work to ensure the smooth operation of a hospital, hospital system, or healthcare organization. For more information about specific roles in this field, reference this “Guide to Careers in Health Administration” in addition to the other industry resources listed below.

Skills and Training

Opportunities in this field often require a specialized level of education and training, often beyond a bachelor’s degree. Common degree types include Master’s in Public Health, Master’s in Health Administration, Master’s in Business Administration, Certificate in Health Sciences Management, etc.

Consider coursework and training in the following areas to gain experience:

  • Healthcare service delivery
  • Social Sciences
  • Finance and Economics
  • Organizational Management and Leadership
  • Policy
  • Quantitative Research
  • Information Systems

The following skills and experience are helpful when considering opportunities in this field:

  • Experience working within a clinical setting
  • Management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Genuine interest in the healthcare industry and optimizing systems

Additional Industry Resources

Job/Internship Search

Professional Associations

Blogs and Industry Research


Health Informatics, Technology, and Analytics

Roles and Work Environment

Health informatics is a discipline that includes all aspects of healthcare information science. Medical informatics encompasses all means of understanding and promoting the effective organization of clinical systems, healthcare process improvement, population studies and community/consumer education. This is one of the fastest growing career fields with a goal of implementing the “meaningful use” of electronic health and medical record. For more information about this industry, check out this health informatics industry overview.

Sample informatics job titles:

Sample organizations hiring for health informatics:

  • Consulting Firms
  • Medical software companies
  • Health Systems
  • Start-ups
  • Medical device companies

Skills and Training

Opportunities in this field often require a specialized combination of education, skills, and experiences. Positions often require that candidates have both medical and information technology expertise, which can be hard to find. Consider seeking out opportunities and training in the following areas to gain experience:

  • Work within a medical setting
  • Experience with electronic medical records systems
  • Coursework related to computer science and systems, biostatistics, data science, project management
  • Leadership roles within student organizations
  • Strong analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to develop, manage, and execute project plans

Additional Industry Resources

Job/Internship Search

Professional Associations

Blogs and Industry Research

 

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