According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the health services industry is projected to growly nearly 22% in the coming years. This unexpected surge in the field has inspired many students to pursue degrees in health services and other health-related studies. With such a rapid expansion taking hold, a health services degree opens students to a spectrum of career prospects in the health care industry in years to come.
The health services industry helps populations and communities gain access to necessary medical treatments, services, and education programs across the country. In this degree program, students will be exposed to courses in general health and applied science, but mostly to the administrative side of the business. In fact, since many of the courses students encounter in this degree also appear in business administration majors, students are able to prepare themselves for a spectrum of business administrative career opportunities as well without sacrificing their ability to work in the health care field.
The responsibilities of health services employees are rather extensive and undefined, with some working behind the scenes as administrators managing the ends and outs of health-related organizations, while others work checking in patients, attending to various medical cases, and educating patients about healthy lifestyle choices and practices. As a result, health services professionals must be skilled and trained in an assortment of aptitudes.
More often than not, health services students go on to work as health services planners, managers, and analysts, focused on developing the organization and management of health services in hospitals, clinics, emergency centers, nonprofits, businesses, and private offices. With the appropriate education and experience, students can later work their way into management-level positions.