Health Information Technology
Career & Job Outlook
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals can expect to be in high demand for the next 10 years. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. and anticipates the demand for HIM professionals to increase by 20% through 2018.
On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await HIM graduates. More than half of new graduates with an associate’s degree jump right in and earn $29,000 to $35,000 annually. And these figures are just averages — some new HIM graduates report even higher salaries.
Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Over 70 percent of RHITs work in HIM departments in hospitals. However, with the expanding uses of health care information and informatics, more RHITs are finding opportunities for employment in physician offices/practices, regional and state registries (tumor), ambulatory care clinics, long-term care facilities, mental health facilities, industrial clinics, centers for research, hospice centers, college/university health centers, insurance companies, and medical software firms.
Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIAs) (bachelor’s degree) may gain entry-level employment in one of the following areas: HIM director, HIM system manager, information security officer, HIM college instructor, coding specialist, health information specialist or technician, patient information coordinator, HIM project manager, consultant, clinical data analyst, and research and decision support analysis.
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.
For more information on a HIM career contact: American Health Information Management Association, 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601-5519; 312-233-1100; www.ahima.org.