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The healthcare industry is booming, rapidly evolving to adapt to advancements in technology while addressing the needs of an aging Baby Boomer population. Increasingly, there is a need for professionals who can coordinate within and between healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, and services to improve the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of a complex healthcare system.
Health and medical service coordination jobs are numerous and varied. If you have the desire to work in healthcare but prefer a role that does not require licensure, the field is ripe with opportunities. Maybe you have an passion for healthcare and would like to help patients navigate an often confusing array of medical services. Perhaps you like the idea of working in a professional environment alongside physicians, nurses, and administrators. Health service coordination careers include such positions as:
Positions in the field.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health service coordination careers are in high demand. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the 7 percent average for all occupations. In fact, demand is on the rise at all levels of education and credentialing, with approximately more than 72,000 new jobs anticipated by 2026.
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Medical and health services coordination professionals work in environments such as hospitals and physicians' offices, nursing and residential care facilities, government agencies, acute care facilities, extended stay facilities, ambulatory care, and home care, wellness, and outreach organizations. Most are full-time employees, and some work at facilities that are open 24/7, which can require evening, weekend, overnight, or on-call hours.
The field of health services coordination and management is expanding rapidly, and there are lots of places to learn more about whether it's the right career move for you:
Health and medical services salaries are also on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2018, the mean annual wage for a health services coordinator was over $43,000, and can range from $31,000 to $74,000 depending on the employer, location, and experience.
Health services coordinators play key roles in today's healthcare environments, planning and directing care services for millions of Americans. Many acquire the knowledge they need to advance their careers by earning an industry-current degree in from an accredited institution.
Ready to advance your career in healthcare? The next step could be earning your B.S. Health Services Coordination. Accredited, competency-based WGU offers this degree online for at a surprisingly affordable flat-rate tuition. Flexible enough for a working adult’s schedule with the option to accelerate, your degree may be closer than you think!
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