Healthcare Administrators

Military Career

General Information

Description

Healthcare administrators manage military hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities.  They oversee the medical and administrative functions of healthcare facilities, and they ensure the readiness of both personnel and equipment to meet the medical needs of service members and their families.

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Work Environment

Healthcare administrators work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Most work at facilities on land, but some work aboard hospital ships and ships with large sick bays.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Outpatient Care Centers
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Healthcare Administrators in the Military

11,794

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Salary

Average Salary

$109,564

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 65%
  • Associate's degree 19%
  • Master's degree 11%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Healthcare administrators may have an education in medical administration. Job training for healthcare administrators primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments. Like other healthcare officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, the military health system, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Planning and directing health servicesPatient unit managementNursing service administrationFacilities planning and medical logisticsPatient care and administration

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Administration and Management
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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