|Quick Facts: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$34,160 per year
$16.42 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||186,300|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||22% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||41,100|
Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Health information technicians held about 186,300 jobs in 2012. Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians’ offices.
Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although they may have an associate’s degree. Many employers also require professional certification.
The median annual wage for health information technicians was $34,160 in May 2012.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.
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