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13,429 Master's Degrees Annually
292 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#14 in Popularity (Master's)
$59,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health/Medical Admin Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health and medical administrative services graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 13,435
Graduate Certificate 906
Doctor’s Degree 292

What Health/Medical Admin Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, health and medical administrative services majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Health & Medical Administrative Services Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Skills for Health & Medical Administrative Services Majors

When studying health and medical administrative services, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Health & Medical Administrative Services Majors

A major in health and medical administrative services will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Health/Medical Admin Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with health and medical administrative services:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Administrative Services Managers 10.1% $96,180
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Computer User Support Specialists 11.3% $50,980
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 13.5% $40,350
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Health/Medical Admin Services?

13,435 Master's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is one of the most frequently chosen graduate majors. It is the 14th most popular in the country with 13,429 students graduating with a master’s in health and medical administrative services in 2019. The major attracts more women than men. About 73% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Health & Medical Administrative Services Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,210
Black or African American 2,854
Hispanic or Latino 1,279
White 6,115
International Students 536
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,441

Geographic Diversity

Health & Medical Administrative Services appeals to people across the globe. About 4.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea

How Much Do Health/Medical Admin Services Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in health and medical administrative services was $54,400 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $45,600 (25th percentile) and $64,200 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to health and medical administrative services.

Salaries According to BLS

Health and Medical Administrative Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $37,090 to $106,050 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

Median Salary for a Health/Medical Admin Services Major  ( 37090 to 106050 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with health and medical administrative services 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 and medical administrative services careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 20.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 15.1%
Some College Courses 14.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 36.1%
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. 0.2%
Master’s Degree 3.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 0.0%

Online Health/Medical Admin Services Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,091 schools offered some type of health and medical administrative services 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) 1,063 196
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,276 262
Certificate (2-4 Years) 17 2
Associate’s Degree 1,161 357
Bachelor’s Degree 182 69
Post-Baccalaureate 1,063 196
Master’s Degree 424 209
Post-Master’s 35 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 32 12
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Health/Medical Admin Services Worth It?

The median salary for a health and medical administrative services grad is $59,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 49% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $388,800 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 63,380
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23,124
Medicine 19,720
Public Health 18,212
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16,970
Mental & Social Health Services 14,322
Allied Health Professions 11,260
Communication Sciences 9,970
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Alternative Medicine & Systems 2,714
Chiropractic 2,608
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 2,301
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,654
Health Sciences & Services 1,526
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,418
Other Health Professions 1,292
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1,117
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 842
Medical Science 809
Podiatry 579
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 553
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 475
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 455
Alternative Medical Support Services 129
Dental Support Services 83
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 79
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 34
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 0

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