Managers in health care (NOC 0311)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Managers in health care:

  • plan, organize and direct the delivery of health care services, such as diagnosis, treatment, nursing and therapy, within health care establishments
  • work in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other health care establishments
Common job titles
  • administrator, nursing services
  • blood bank administrator
  • chief dietitian
  • chief radiology technologist
  • chief, anatomical pathology
  • chief, anesthesia


Managers in health care perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, organize and direct the delivery of health care services within a department or establishment
  • consult with boards of directors and senior managers to create and maintain standards for the supplying 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 carry out plans for new programs, special projects, new material 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
  • hire the health care staff of the department or establishment

Special duties

Managers in health care specialize in administering specific health care services such as dietetics, clinical medicine, laboratory medicine, nursing, physiotherapy or surgery.

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or hospital.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to senior management positions in health care services is possible with experience. Nevertheless, there is little to no mobility between departments in different medical specializations.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.