Medical Records Technicians and Health Information Technicians

What Does a Medical Records or Health Information Technician Do?

People in this profession have a number of different career paths that in general are geared to managing health records and information. The list of jobs can include medical billing and medical coding specialists, managing quality of health records, helping to use health information to improve patient care, and many more.

Often times people in this profession will spend a good amount of time in front of a computer compiling or analyzing data. In some cases, you may even find that working from home is an option. If that’s something you enjoy and want to get into a medical career, then this might be a good job for you.

All aspects of the health industry are growing, and Medical Records and Health Techs are no exception, with 11% growth expected by 2028. Competitive pay coupled with moderate educational requirements makes this a great job for people changing careers later in life. You will find educations in this industry ranging from a high school degree, to certificate degrees, as well as Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

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What is the Salary?

Salary Estimates

Median Salary

$40,350
$24,210
$40,350
$64,560

There is a big range of salaries for medical records and health information technicians because there is such a large range of jobs and education levels. Regardless, the median salary for this profession is well above the average median in the country, and as demand increases, you would expect this trend to continue.

Work Environment

Employment 2018

215,500

Employment 2028

238,600

Change

11%

Self-Employed

0%

Working as a medical records and health information technician you may find yourself in a variety of environments. These might include hospitals, doctor’s offices, home care facilities, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. As mentioned above, you may even be able to do some of these jobs from home since they are often heavily computer based.

What Education and Experience is Needed?

Education Level

Postsecondary nondegree award

Related work experience

On-the-job training

None

Depending on your career aspirations, you will typically need some sort of post-secondary education. At the minimum, you will want to consider a certificate degree program and certification to become a medical billing/coding associate or specialist. You also have the option to become a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) or Register Health Information Administrator (RHIA). These two paths require you to complete at the minimum an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree respectively.

If you are interested in this career, take the time to figure out what job might suit you best, and then figure out what is the best educational route for your situation.

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Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics