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Residential Alcoholic Treatment Center Administrator Career Info

Read about a career in alcoholic treatment center administration. Research the educational and skill requirements, and learn about the job description and employment and salary outlook for an alcoholic treatment center administrator.

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Career Definition for a Residential Alcoholic Treatment Center Administrator

Alcoholic treatment center administration is a managerial career in the field of substance abuse counseling. The primary duty of alcoholic treatment center administrators is to manage and ensure the efficacy of the treatment programs they run. Typical responsibilities for this position include coordinating and supervising staff members, overseeing treatment program development and implementation, maintaining facility records and handling finances.

Alcoholic treatment center administrators typically work full time. Depending on the type of facility in which they are employed, evening and weekend hours may also be required. Administrators often work with a team of other healthcare professionals, such as nurses and counselors.

Required Education A bachelor's or master's degree as a minimum depending on amount of work experience and position level
Job Duties Include coordinating and supervising staff members, maintaining facility records, handling finances
Median Salary (2015)* $94,500 (all medical and health services managers)
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 17% growth (all medical and health services managers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Educational Requirements

Alcoholic treatment center administrators usually need a bachelor's degree, though depending on their work experience and the level of the position, they may need a master's degree. Candidates can pursue bachelor's and master's degree programs in fields such as health administration, health services, business administration, substance abuse counseling and management. Courses in these programs may include health services organization, human resources, information systems, health law and accounting. Graduate programs may also have a period of supervised administrative work. Although most alcoholic treatment center administrators obtain formal education in these areas, some work as substance abuse counselors or other treatment personnel before advancing to administration.

Required Skills

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that successful alcoholic treatment center administrators must hold the following traits:

  • Knowledge of the principles and processes of treatment
  • Ability to manage and direct personnel and resources effectively
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Understanding of how to use current healthcare technology, such as electronic record-keeping software

Employment and Salary Outlook

According to the BLS, the employment outlook for the field of medical and health services management was good, with employment of such managers expected to grow 17% from 2014-2024. With more people seeking treatment for substance abuse and an increasing number of offenders being directed toward treatment programs rather than prison, the demand for facilities and therefore managers should grow. In 2015, the median annual salary for medical and health services managers was $94,500, according to the BLS.

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