Entry-Level Management Positions in Managed Care

Position Titles

  • Marketing assistants, operating assistants, project/operations consultants/managers, provider representatives
  • Accountants

Primary Responsibilities

Marketing/operations/representatives:

These individuals conduct health industry research, tabulate data using database programs, support sales staff, and write and compose documents related to healthcare marketing and sales. In addition, they focus on short-term assignments, human resources or organizational development projects, and development of customer service mechanisms. Some may work on process improvement efforts and senior management initiatives.

Accountants:

These individuals perform corporate accounting duties, develop budgets, support development teams, and develop and maintain financial reports.

Qualifications

Marketing/operations/representatives:

Typically an undergraduate degree in marketing—as well as relevant work experience—or a graduate degree in marketing or health services management is required.

Accountants:

The Certified Public Accounting (CPA) credential is a requisite.

Expected Abilities, Skills, and Knowledge

Marketing/operations/representatives:

  • Leadership potential, including the ability to drive results and lead projects to completion
  • Strong analytical and computer skills
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills

Accountants:

  • Knowledge of corporate accounting
  • Ability to develop financial reports
  • Ability to develop budgets
  • Team-building skills

Salary Range

Executives working in managed care report that salaries for entry-level marketing assistants and operating assistants usually range from $50,000 to $60,000; typically, these individuals have been previously employed in various sectors before making a career change. Project/operations consultants are generally considered to be even more entry-level; positions and salaries will depend on experience but generally fall between $40,000 to $50,000. Accounting professionals at this level can expect to earn between $65,000 and $80,000 in a managed care organization; salary is commensurate with credentials, experience, and company type.

Typical Hours per Week

Entry-level managed care professionals can expect to work approximately 40-50 hours per week.