Health Services/ Medical Care

What Personnel Do

Health services administrators in the military perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Direct the operations of support departments, such as maintenance, food services, or administration
  • Develop and manage budgets for health care facilities or programs
  • Meet with hospital department heads to plan services and keep the health care facility running smoothly
  • Plan for delivering health services during emergencies and test these plans during exercises
  • Direct the day-to-day operations of the nursing department
  • Provide bedside care in hospitals, including taking the body temperature, pulse, and respiration rate of patients
  • Feed, bathe, and dress patients
  • Prepare patients, operating rooms, equipment, and supplies for surgery
  • Make casts, traction devices, and splints according to physicians’ instructions
  • Give medication to patients under the direction of physicians and nurses

Skills needed

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Interest in health care
  • Ability to work under stressful or emergency conditions
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others
  • Interest in working closely with people

Training Provided

Job training is provided for some specialties in this occupation. This training consists of classroom instruction and practical exercises. Course content typically includes:

  • Planning and directing health services
  • Patient unit management
  • Nursing service administration
  • Patient care techniques
  • Emergency medical techniques
  • Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
  • Plaster casting techniques


A 4-year college degree in health care, public health, business, nursing administration, or a related field is required to enter most of the specialties in this occupation. Some specialties require further education or prior experience in the health services field.

Work Environment

Health services administrators work in hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities. Most work at facilities on land, but some work aboard hospital ships and ships with large sick bays.

Game Plan

Sign up after high school