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Health/Medical Admin Services

17,184 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
13,429 Master's Degrees Annually
#2 in Popularity
$59,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health/Medical Admin Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health and medical administrative services graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 17,600
Bachelor’s Degree 17,317
Undergraduate Certificate 16,916
Basic Certificate 16,402
Master’s Degree 13,435
Graduate Certificate 906
Doctor’s Degree 292

What Health/Medical Admin Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to health and medical administrative services and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Health & Medical Administrative Services Majors

Health and Medical Administrative Services majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Health & Medical Administrative Services Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to health and medical administrative services:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Health & Medical Administrative Services Majors

As you progress with your health and medical administrative services degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Health/Medical Admin Services Major?

People with a health and medical administrative services degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Administrative Services Managers 10.1% $96,180
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Computer User Support Specialists 11.3% $50,980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3.4% $55,810
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 13.5% $40,350
Medical Secretaries 22.5% $35,760
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Health/Medical Admin Services?

17,317 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
46% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen healthcare majors. It is the 2nd most popular in the country with 17,184 students graduating with a bachelor’s in health and medical administrative services in 2019. The major attracts more women than men. About 81% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of health and medical administrative services majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Health & Medical Administrative Services Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 949
Black or African American 4,004
Hispanic or Latino 2,411
White 7,923
International Students 247
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,783

Geographic Diversity

Health & Medical Administrative Services appeals to people across the globe. About 1.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea

How Much Do Health/Medical Admin Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that health and medical administrative services students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $36,650 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $33,800 (25th percentile) and $39,350 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in health and medical administrative services, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $37,090 to $106,050 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to health and medical administrative services. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with health and medical administrative services may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to health and medical administrative services have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 20.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 15.1%
Some College Courses 14.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 36.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.2%
Master’s Degree 3.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 0.0%

Online Health/Medical Admin Services Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,091 schools offered some type of health and medical administrative services program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1,063 196
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,276 262
Certificate (2-4 Years) 17 2
Associate’s Degree 1,161 357
Bachelor’s Degree 182 69
Post-Baccalaureate 1,063 196
Master’s Degree 424 209
Post-Master’s 35 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 32 12
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Health/Medical Admin Services Worth It?

The median salary for a health and medical administrative services grad is $59,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 49% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $388,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to health and medical administrative services.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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