9 Careers in Clinical Administration

Many health care administrators choose to work in clinical environments such as hospitals, physicians’ offices or research laboratories. Working in a clinical environment is a unique and exciting setting for health care administrators. Earning your Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a step toward a leadership role in clinical administration. In MHA@GW program director Dr. Leonard Friedman’s book, 101 Careers in Healthcare Management, he outlines the variety of clinical administration careers available to health care administrators. Below are just nine of the many careers a graduate of an MHA program could pursue in a clinical environment.

  1. Director of Pharmacy Services

    The director of pharmacy services ensures that the pharmacy at a hospital or medical care facility runs efficiently. In accordance with federal and state regulations, the director of pharmacy services establishes processes and procedures for pharmacy performance. A salary of $120,000 to $160,000 per year is typical for this position. 

  2. Physician Compliance Director

    Physician compliance directors are responsible for planning and implementing physician compliance programs. The physician compliance director keeps up to date with relevant laws and regulations and instructs physicians on compliance. A director in this capacity is employed at most hospitals and large private practices. They can expect to make between $50,000 and $90,000 a year. Those holding a law degree can earn up to $150,000 annually.

  3. Practice Operations Director

    A practice operations director is employed by large group practices and is expected to manage the day-to-day operations of the medical facility. Practice operations directors can expect to earn between $100,000 and $189,000 annually, excluding any performance incentives or bonuses.

  4. Quality Management Director

    The quality management director works closely with all senior leadership members to create and direct quality assurance initiatives for the medical staff. A director in this capacity can expect to earn up to $142,000 annually.

  5. Risk Management Director

    The risk management director, similar to the quality management director, is responsible for managing risk factors in a medical facility. Risk management directors work to examine and improve departmental risk management plans and procedures. Risk management directors can earn up to $142,000 a year if employed in a large, centrally located facility.

  6. Senior Case Manager

    Senior case managers work with health care providers, patients and their family members to evaluate patients and create discharge plans if necessary. They work with insurance companies to verify that the patient’s care is covered and arrange necessary rehabilitation for patients. Senior case managers usually earn between $50,000 and $70,000 annually.

  7. Director of Clinical Operations

    The director of clinical operations directs all clinical operations and physician activities. They create plans or delegate tasks relating to staffing, budgeting, equipment purchasing and facility maintenance. Directors of clinical management can expect to earn up to $90,000 per year in a large urban clinic.

  8. Director of Clinical Finance

    Directors of clinical finance are needed in large clinics with large budgets. The director of clinical finance is responsible for creating a business plan that includes financial and administrative plans. Directors of clinical finance can earn a median annual wage of $109,000.

  9. Director of Social Services

    The director of social services leads the social services department in a hospital or rehabilitation facility. A director of social services is responsible for ensuring that patients are given the care and treatment they require. A director of social services can earn up to $110,000 annually.


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Friedman, L., Kovner, A. 101 Careers in Healthcare Management. (Springer Publishing Company, 2013).