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Health Services Administration

1,209 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,038 Master's Degrees Annually
#26 in Popularity
$113,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Services Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health services administration graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,209
Master’s Degree 1,038
Associate’s Degree 297
Graduate Certificate 112
Basic Certificate 17
Doctor’s Degree 16
Undergraduate Certificate 15

What Health Services Administration Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to health services administration 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 Services Administration Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in health services administration 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.
  • 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.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • 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.

Skills for Health Services Administration Majors

health services administration majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for Health Services Administration Majors

Health Services Administration majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • 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 Services Administration Major?

People with a health services administration degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration?

1,209 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
56% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 85% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Health Services Administration Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 87
Black or African American 314
Hispanic or Latino 220
White 482
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 87

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Health Services Administration. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Health Services Administration Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to health services administration is $113,730. This median refers to 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.

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Some degrees associated with health services administration 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for health services administration careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 65.4%
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. 3.9%
Master’s Degree 11.5%

Online Health Services Administration Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 129 schools offered some type of health services administration 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) 4 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 14 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 34 4
Bachelor’s Degree 19 7
Post-Baccalaureate 4 1
Master’s Degree 52 17
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Health Services Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a health services administration grad is $113,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 185% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,476,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
General Public Health 18,493
Public Health Education and Promotion 4,278
Other Public Health 2,891
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2,341
Environmental Health 1,218
International Public Health/International Health 1,016
Behavioral Aspects of Health 424
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 280
Health/Medical Physics 235
Maternal and Child Health 209

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