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Managers in Health Care

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NOC:0311
Occupation:Managers in Health Care
Category:Management

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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Managers in Health Care920Moderate growth245Low
Minimum: $25.00
Median: $43.96
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $38,295
Median: $83,901
Maximum: $113,578
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Managers in Health CareCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time97%93%
Percent self-employed3%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentManagers in Health CareCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern10%$73,52512%$30,581
Northern12%$75,87616%$33,660
Cape Breton14%$79,39613%$32,974
Halifax48%$74,61947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%$60,41713%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeManagers in Health CareCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
15-24x2%
25-348%13%
35-4419%24%
45-5442%32%
55-6426%23%
65+4%6%
Median Age5149
GenderManagers in Health CareCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
Female76%41%
Male24%59%
EducationManagers in Health CareCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school2.0%x6.2%$30,033
High school5.1%$61,97123.5%$37,496
Trades certificate5.1%$44,7547.0%$41,701
College certificate or diploma16.8%$65,11020.6%$45,432
University certificate or diploma3.0%$97,4403.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree40.6%$85,45927.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diploma1.0%x1.9%$74,902
Master's degree1.0%$94,5739.2%$81,234
Doctorate22.3%x0.8%$83,359
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry2.5%x0.1%$79,443
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Info@MaritimeCIM.com
Department of Health and Wellness - Active Living
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
Tel: (902) 424-4807
healthpromotion@novascotia.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Business/commerce - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Health/health care administration/management
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Medical informatics
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Medicine (MD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered by a university school of medicine.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Nursing administration (MScN, MSc, PhD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
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Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Organizational leadership
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
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