USA Career Guide-Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Education needed to be Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
To become Medical records and health information technicians you need post-secondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology. Many employers prefer Technicians who are Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).
CertificationMost employers prefer to hire medical records and health information technicians who have professional certification. The certification can be attained from several organizations.Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses.
Certifications include Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others.
Many coding certifications require coding experience in a work setting. Some states require cancer registrars to have certification; requirements vary by state. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
Pay of Medical Records and Health Information TechniciansAccordint to Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $32,350 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,240, and the top 10 percent earned more than $53,430.
Job Prospects of Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
Prospects will be best for those with a certification in health information. Health Information Technicians should enjoy very good job prospects in the coming years. Those with a health information clinical coding background will be especially in demand. (Source:Bureau of Labor Statistics )
Industrial Overview of Medical Records and Health Information TechniciansMedical records and health information technicians held about 179,500 jobs in 2010.
The industries that employed the most medical records and health information technicians in 2010 were as follows:
Hospitals; state, local, and private 39%
Offices of physicians 23 %
Nursing care facilities 7 %
Home health care services 3 %