Career Opportunities Abound for Lifespan Care Administration Graduates


Career Opportunities Abound for Lifespan Care Administration Graduates

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Lifespan Care Administration from the University of Oklahoma will give you the skills you need to succeed in one of the fastest-growing career fields with one of the most in-demand degrees in the nation.

Job postings for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in areas like Lifespan Care Administration increased by more than 59% from January 2019 to December 2021, according a 2022 market analysis report by EAB. 

There was a 59% increase in LCA jobs in 2021According to the EAB analysis, more than 211,000 new jobs were posted in this area in 2021 alone. More than 50% were open to individuals with just 2-6 years of experience in health and medical services management, and more than a quarter of the positions open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree and less than a year of experience.

The University of Oklahoma Lifespan Care Administration program focuses on preparing students for careers working with three unique populations — pediatrics, adolescents and geriatrics.

According to EAB’s market analysis report, medical and health services manager positions will increase at more than three times the rate of other occupations in the next 10 years.

Median pay for these positions, which typically require less than five years of experience, is more than $100,000/year, according to a 2022 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Demand for individuals with degrees like Lifespan Care Administration is expected to grow nearly 16% in the next decade in Oklahoma, according to EAB, with a wide array of career options available for new graduates, including care coordinator, childcare director, child welfare specialist, community liaison, director of social services, family advocate, family preservation specialist, program coordinator, program manager and team lead.

Median pay in the field with a bachelor's degree is about $104,000 per year.Nationally, demand is expected to increase by more than 25%, providing employment options in careers as varied as case manager, director of social service, executive director, family services specialist, practice manager, program coordinator, program director, program manager, project manager and administrative assistant.

Graduates from our bachelor’s degree program who wish to work with younger children will be prepared to work in or manage infant and childcare facilities, including daycare facilities, special care facilities or nurseries.

Those who prefer to work with older kids often find employment in treatment centers, youth camps or working for state agencies that give rehabilitation assistance to adolescents with disabilities. Positions are also available with agencies or families who have teenagers with autism.

Many graduates will choose to work with the growing population of seniors and begin rewarding careers working in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or home health agencies, as well as hospitals or physicians’ offices as support personnel for the elderly.

There has never been a better time to consider starting a new career helping people to live happier and healthier lives. Visit the College of Professional and Continuing Studies website for more information about our Lifespan Care Administration bachelor’s degree program.

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Myk Mahaffey

Michael Mahaffey holds degrees in journalism and psychology. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience writing for print and digital publications, including award-winning coverage of the rodeo industry. In his spare time, he writes fiction, in addition to tinkering with graphic design and photography.