Graduates will find employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics and other health-care facilities or health-insurance/managed care organizations.
Health Information Technicians generally work a 40-hour week that may include evening, weekend, or holiday in a large, acute-care hospital and day-time only hours for positions in physician’s offices, long term care facilities, or other organizations. A health information technician with experience in coding or medical transcription can also work from home through an employer-developed remote electronic connection or through an outside agency contract.
Entry-level salaries for graduates of this program will vary depending on employment situations and the geographic location.
Nation-wide median annual earnings for health information technology as of May 2018 range from $35,000 - $43,000.
- Hospitals: state, local, and private - $43,470
- Professional, scientific, and technical services - $41,890
- Administrative and support services - $41,800
- Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) - $37,630
- Offices of physicians - $35,520
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies.
Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.
Some of the information is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics