For those who work in health care, sometimes it can be hard to pin down exactly what drew us to our jobs, because there are so many perks. We find our jobs satisfying not just because of the excellent pay, or the fact that our jobs are easier to find (even in a recession) than most others–the ability to help people every day is often what gets us out of bed in the morning. However, sometimes it isn’t enough–sometimes, for whatever reason, the time comes to further our education and look for a new job. If you’re looking to further your education and you know you want to keep working in healthcare professions, it’s possible that a Masters in health services would be the best decision you ever made.
The types of jobs you can find with a Master’s degree in health services are highly variable. Salaries range from the mid five figures (if you’re planning on working for nonprofits) and well up into the six figures for, say, an experienced hospital administrator. Of course, not all the jobs you can find with a degree like this are in hospitals. You may find yourself working on the business development end of clinics or nursing homes. Or, you may find yourself managing a medical supply company. If you’re interested in the stability and great benefits that usually come with government jobs, rest assured that various government agencies (and even some political groups focused on health care policy) have use for individuals with an advanced degree in health services. Other degrees might lead you to a career like being a physician’s assistant; this job had an average income over eighty thousand dollars in 2008. The health care field is rich and varied, and the rewards are many. The only question is which career path would be right for you.