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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Career Information

Health Care and the U.S. Economy

Health care today accounts for nearly 18% of the gross domestic product, with estimated annual per capita expenditures for 2015 of $9,403. The nation's 5,564 hospitals alone employ over 5.1 million people. As the population ages, opportunities in long-term care are growing: there are over 15,000 nursing homes, 12,400 home health agencies, 14,500 rehabilitation facilities, and 4,000 hospice programs. Health plans, the pharmaceutical industry, medical groups, and medical equipment and devices are other significant health care industry sectors.

Career Options

Health Care Administration graduates are involved in the business aspects of health care service delivery. Duties vary and may include planning and coordinating department activities in personnel and staffing, purchasing, public relations, fund raising, accounting, and program evaluation. They develop and implement budgets, analyze all types of data, and assure compliance with regulatory agency requirements or others work in marketing, finance, insurance, and information systems in health care and related organizations.

Typical Employers

Hospitals, health plans, insurance companies, nursing homes and other long term care facilities, home health agencies, medical and dental practices and practice management organizations, outpatient care facilities, public health organizations, and medical device and equipment vendors.

Salary and Employment Outlook

Those with advanced degrees and extensive health related or specific managerial experience will do well in the growing health care market. Competition for hospital jobs is increasing. Opportunities in marketing, patient accounts management, financial management, information systems, and utilization review are slightly better.

Salary varies by experience, size, and type of institution. Please consult the CSULB Career Development Center for current local and national salary information.

Jobs and Internships

Job and paid internship announcements are posted for currently enrolled students on BeachBoard. (Go to the "Organizations" section and select "HCA Students.") This website also contains information on scholarships and events--seminars, professional association meetings, and community trainings--for students preparing for health care administration careers.  You may also stop by the HCA Department Office in HHS2-118 to inquire about internship, job, and scholarship opportunities.