Managers in Health Care

(NOC 0311)

in All Management

Managers in health care oversee the delivery of health care services like diagnosis and treatment, nursing and therapy, within institutions, and in other settings, that provide health care services. Healthcare managers are responsible for creating and maintaining healthcare standards; monitoring healthcare quality; and planning and controlling budgets. They work for hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care organizations. Managers in health care specialize in administering specific health care services like dietetics, clinical medicine, laboratory medicine, nursing, physiotherapy or surgery.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 140 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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 fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. 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.

The median employment income for 79% 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

$43.27

Median

$56.41

Maximum

Annual Pay

$38,295

Minimum

$83,901

Median

$113,578

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Managers in health care oversee the delivery of health care services like diagnosis and treatment, nursing and therapy, within institutions, and in other settings, that provide health care services. Healthcare managers are responsible for creating and maintaining healthcare standards; monitoring healthcare quality; and planning and controlling budgets. They work for hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care organizations. Managers in health care specialize in administering specific health care services like dietetics, clinical medicine, laboratory medicine, nursing, physiotherapy or surgery.

Job duties

Managers in health care:

  • Oversee 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 create and maintain standards for 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.
  • Create and implement plans for new programs, special projects, new material and equipment purchases and future staffing levels in their department or organization.
  • Plan and control departmental or organization budget.
  • Represent the department or organization 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 organization.

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

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 like surgery, clinical medicine or laboratory medicine are usually required to have the education and training of a specialist physician.
  • Administrators of other departments like 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 needed.

Other considerations

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

By the numbers

Quick look

1,005

employed in 2016

95.0%

employed full-time

5.0%

self employed

76.1%
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23.9%
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51.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

48.5%

Halifax

14.5%

Cape Breton

14.5%

Annapolis Valley

12.0%

North Shore

10.5%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

98.9%

Health care and social assistance

1.1%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

39.0%

45-54

23.0%

55-64

21.0%

35-44

10.0%

25-34

7.0%

65+

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

39.8%

Bachelor

$85,459 median annual income
22.4%

Master

$94,573 median annual income
16.9%

College Diploma

$65,110 median annual income
5.5%

Trade Certification

$44,754 median annual income
5.5%

High school

$61,971 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus 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. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Health Policy Analysis

University Program

These programs focus on the systematic analysis of public policy issues related to domestic and international health and health care systems. They include courses in contemporary health issues and policies, politics and economics of health care delivery, epidemiology, public health, comparative and global health, medical law and ethics, statistical methods, and applications to specific public policy topics.

Institutions providing this program

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Health/Health Care Administration/Management

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. They 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

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies

College or University Program

These programs focus on the dynamic social relations between and among majority and minority groups and different minority groups, and ways to promote mutual tolerance, inter-group cooperation, and the leadership and management of diverse groups and diversity issues in family, educational, recreational, and work settings. They include courses in ethnic and cultural studies, group psychology, sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, human services and resources, and applications to various functional environments.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Medical Informatics

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on applying computer science and software engineering to medical research and clinical information technology support, and the development of advanced imaging, database, and decision systems. They 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

Halifax, NS

Medicine (MD)

University Program

These programs prepare students for the independent professional practice of medicine, involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses, injuries, and other disorders of the human body. They 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

Halifax, NS

Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)

College or University Program

These programs prepare students in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. They 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

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Organizational Leadership

College or University Program

These programs focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. They 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

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS

Additional resources

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