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Health Management/Clinical Assistant

65 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3 Master's Degrees Annually
#78 in Popularity
$59,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Management/Clinical Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 747
Associate’s Degree 335
Basic Certificate 111
Bachelor’s Degree 65
Master’s Degree 3
Graduate Certificate 1

What Health Management/Clinical Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Skills for Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Majors

When studying medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Majors

A major in medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Health Management/Clinical Assistant Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Administrative Services Managers 10.1% $96,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3.4% $55,810

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management/Clinical Assistant?

65 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
94% Percent Women
60% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 94% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 31
White 18
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist appeals to people across the globe. About 1.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Health Management/Clinical Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $59,340 to $106,050 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

Median Salary for a Health Management/Clinical Assistant Major  ( 59340 to 106050 )
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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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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 28.7%
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) 7.1%
Some College Courses 16.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.6%
Master’s Degree 2.7%
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. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 0.0%

Online Health Management/Clinical Assistant Programs

In 2018-2019, 39 schools offered a medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist program of some type. 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) 15 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 6 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 15 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 15 2
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Health Management/Clinical Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist 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 medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist.

Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 26,580
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,933
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,765
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,662
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 7,619
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 5,305
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 4,620
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,769
Health Information Management 2,848
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 2,426
Medical Reception/Receptionist 745
Clinical Research Coordinator 332
Long Term Care Administration/Management 314
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 268
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 186
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 182
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 30
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 14
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 8

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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