What Does it Take to be an Assisted Living Administrator?


The long term care industry is one of the largest growing employment fields in the US. This is due to our rapidly aging population. The Administration on Aging predict that by 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65. The sheer number of seniors who will require services in the future mean careers in the senior living industry, including Assisted Living, Independent Living, CCRC, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Home Care will be plentiful.

There are many careers available in all segments but MedBest is experiencing an uptick in the need for Senor Living Executives and especially Assisted Living Administrators.

Job Duties of Assisted Living Administrators

The Assisted Living Administrator manages and oversee all operations in residential facilities that primarily accommodate the aging and includes the coordination of patient care and the supervision of employees.

Some of the daily duties of the Assisted Living Administrator is to create schedules, managing staff, and coordinating care plans. Administrators may also be responsible for overseeing billing, budgeting, employee training and other administrative duties.

Assisted Living Administrator Licensing Requirements

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some states require assisted living administrators to be licensed. Requirements may also include a criminal background check. Most states require a college education, preferably in public health administration or business administration, and related work experience. Most states require the completion of a state training program. All states that require a license have an exam requirement.

Average Salary of Assisted Living Administrators

As of May 13, 2019, the average annual pay for an Assisted Living Administrator Job in the United States is $60,418 a year.

Key Skills Required for Assisted Living Administrators

  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Team-Oriented

Alternative Careers For Assisted Living Administrators

Aside from assisted living administration jobs, licensed Administrators may work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, government and home health care services as clinical managers, health information managers or assistant administrators. Outside of the medical field some administrator jobs and careers include human resources management and social and community service management.

Growth of Assisted Living Jobs & Facilities

Assisted Living facilities and communities are growing rapidly around the United States. The trend away from nursing home living has created a new market for individuals needing some assistance but wanting to remain mostly independent. Assisted Living facilities are this solution.  The BLS predicted that jobs for health services and medical managers will grow by 17% from 2014-24, much faster than average for other occupations. Dementia Care is the fasted growing segment of Assisted Living.



Julie Rupenski is the Founder, President & CEO of MedBest, opening the doors in 2001. Since that time, Julie has gained national recognition for providing top talent solutions exclusively for the Senior Living Industry.

Julie is a seasoned recruiter at filling C-Suite, Vice President, Regional, and Property level positions. She has an in-depth knowledge of the Senior Living Industry since she previously worked in operations for both Senior Housing and Senior Living.

Today, Julie makes it her personal and professional mission to place qualified people in health care positions where they have the greatest impact.

Julie earned her degree in Gerontology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida and continues to cultivate her career through senior living conferences, forums, trade shows, and expos.

Contact Julie Rupenski at jrupenski@medbest.com / 727 526-1294.



MedBest is a nationwide senior living executive recruiting firm that was established in 2001. We specialize in recruiting quality executive talent, including Nurse Leaders, for all types of senior living facilities across the US, including Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Memory Care, Independent Living, and Skilled Nursing Homes.

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