Managers in Health Care

(NOC 0311)

in All Management

Managers in health care plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the delivery of health care services, such as diagnosis and treatment, nursing and therapy, within institutions, and in other settings, that provide health care services. Healthcare managers are responsible for maintaining and establishing healthcare standards; monitoring healthcare quality; and planning and controlling budgets. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care organizations.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 245 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 2775 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Health Care most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 81% of Managers in Health Care who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $88,134. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$25.00

Minimum

$43.96

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$38,295

Minimum

$83,901

Median

$113,578

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$15.77

Minimum

$34.97

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Managers in health care plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the delivery of health care services, such as diagnosis and treatment, nursing and therapy, within institutions, and in other settings, that provide health care services. Healthcare managers are responsible for maintaining and establishing healthcare standards; monitoring healthcare quality; and planning and controlling budgets. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care organizations.

Job duties

Managers in health care perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the delivery of health care services within a department of a health care institution, or in other settings where health care services are provided.
  • Consult with boards of directors and senior managers to maintain and establish standards for the provision of health care services.
  • Develop evaluation systems to monitor the quality of health care given to patients.
  • Monitor the use of diagnostic services, in-patient beds and facilities to ensure effective use of resources.
  • Develop and implement plans for new programs, special projects, new material and equipment acquisitions and future staffing levels in their department or establishment.
  • Plan and control departmental or establishment budget.
  • Represent the department or establishment at meetings with government officials, the public, the media and other organizations.
  • Supervise health care supervisors and professionals.
  • Recruit health care staff of the department or establishment. // Managers in health care specialize in administering the provision of specific health care services such as dietetics, clinical medicine, laboratory medicine, nursing, physiotherapy or surgery.

Sample job titles

  • chief of emergency medicine
  • chief of medicine
  • chief of pediatrics
  • chief of staff - hospital
  • chief of surgery
  • clinical services manager
  • dental health services administrator
  • director of audiology and speech language pathology
  • director of clinical medicine
  • director of laboratory medicine
  • director of psychology
  • mental health residential care program manager
  • nursing unit administrator
  • pharmacy director

Skills

To work in these fields, you need determination, confidence, and good managerial skills. You must have the ability to organize, negotiate, motivate, and communicate. You must be able to work well under pressure and make difficult decisions quickly. Good judgement and leadership skills are essential. You should also be capable of cooperating and collaborating with others.

Job requirements

  • Administrators of departments such as surgery, clinical medicine or laboratory medicine are usually required to have the education and training of a specialist physician.
  • Administrators of other departments, such as nursing, dietetics or physiotherapy, are usually required to have the education and training of the medical professionals in that department.
  • Certification in the relevant profession is required.

Other considerations

Several years of experience in the relevant profession, including supervisory experience, are usually required. There is little or no mobility between departments in different medical specializations. Progression to senior management positions in health care services is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

920

employed in 2016

96.9%

employed full-time

3.3%

self employed

75.6%
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24.4%
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51.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

93.3%

employed full-time

18.6%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

48.3%

Halifax

14.4%

Cape Breton

14.4%

Annapolis Valley

11.9%

Northern

10.4%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

98.4%

Health Care and Social Assistance

1.1%

Other Services

0.5%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

42.3%

45-54

26.1%

55-64

18.9%

35-44

8.1%

25-34

3.6%

65+

Compared to: All Management

31.8%

45-54

23.8%

35-44

22.6%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

6.2%

65+

Top levels of education

40.6%

Bachelor's degree

$85,459 median annual income
22.3%

Doctorate

N/A
16.8%

College certificate or diploma

$65,110 median annual income
5.1%

Trades certificate

$44,754 median annual income
5.1%

High school

$61,971 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.7%

Bachelor's degree

$66,107 median annual income
23.5%

High school

$37,496 median annual income
20.6%

College certificate or diploma

$45,432 median annual income
9.2%

Master's degree

$81,234 median annual income
7.0%

Trades certificate

$41,701 median annual income

Education & training

Business/commerce - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. The program prepares individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Health/health care administration/management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. These programs include courses in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health laws and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Medical informatics

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of computer science and software engineering to medical research and clinical information technology support, and the development of advanced imaging, database, and decision systems. These programs include courses in computer science, health information systems architecture, medical knowledge structures, medical language and image processing, quantitative medical decision modelling, imaging techniques, electronic medical records, medical research systems, clinical decision support, and informatics aspects of specific research and practice problems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Medicine (MD)

This program is typically offered by a university school of medicine.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of medicine, involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses, injuries, and other disorders of the human body. These programs include courses in the basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, examination and diagnosis, patient communications, medical ethics and laws, professional standards, and rotations in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, clinical pathology, anesthesiology, family medicine, and psychiatry.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Nursing administration (MScN, MSc, PhD)

This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares registered nurses to manage nursing personnel and services in hospitals and other health care delivery agencies. These programs include courses in principles of health care administration, resource and financial management, health care law and policy, medical personnel management, and managed care operations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Nursing/registered nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. These programs include courses in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Organizational leadership

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. These programs include courses in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Department of Health and Wellness - Active Living
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
Tel: (902) 424-4807

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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