Health Information Management Jobs Outlook

by Jeremy on July 6, 2012

Those who have decided to pursue a degree in health information management will be making a wise career decision according to recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In the next 10 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that an additional 37,000 jobs will be added to the field. Whether one wants to choose his or her own hours or work full-time, there are a variety of options that can meet one’s wishes.

Clinical Laboratory Technologist

A clinical laboratory technologist has the job of transcribing information that results from lab tests. A clinical laboratory technologist will have to communicate with other medical professionals and insurance companies to make them aware of the changes in a patient’s health. The clinical laboratory technologist may also be responsible for communicating the results of a lab test with a patient through an email system.

Medical Coder

The main job of a medical coder is to translate the insurance codes that appear on a statement into a sum of money so that a patient knows how much he or she owes an insurance company. Every time an insurance company distributes funds for a patient, a code is generated. This code puts forth information such as the type of injury that the patient has suffered and the extent to which the insurance company is offering coverage. The medical coder has the task of translating complex codes that can often have multiple meanings or be part of a complex medical case. A medical coder usually makes about $40,000 when he or she works for a hospital. If a coder decides to open his or her own firm, then he or she may make up to $100,000 a year or more. One may ultimately sell the coding firm to a hospital and be able to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on the sale.

Blood Bank Technology Specialist

A blood bank technology specialist has the important task of testing blood before it is used by a patient who needs a blood transfusion. A blood bank technology specialist will also ensure that blood has been properly labeled and does not contain any harmful chemicals or germs. The starting salary for a blood bank technology specialist is about $40,000.

These are a few of the popular career choices in the health information technology field. Each job is expected to grow more in demand as the field requires additional information specialists.

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