Healthcare is one of the fastest growing areas of business and healthcare managers have some of the best paid jobs in medicine. To reach this level, hours can be long and training must be of a high level.
As one would expect, healthcare managers oversee medical provision in a variety of medical settings. This can be a department of a hospital, or an entire clinic or health center. Depending on which area you choose, you will execute a range of duties including general supervision, personnel management, administration, finance, project management and forecasting.
An experienced healthcare manager will have a great deal of experience of the medical environment and administration. He/she may well have a master's or doctoral degree, but will definitely be educated to bachelor's level. You can expect to cover a range of managerial and administrative staples as you train to be a healthcare manager. Vital areas to be covered are finance, people management, law, ethics, marketing, information technology and the theories of management.
There will be opportunities to specialize in certain clinical areas as a healthcare manager both while you train and one the job. You may work closely with physicians and your assistants. However, higher level degrees may lead eventually to more theoretical healthcare managerial roles in government and health departments.