Jobs and Salaries

HIM professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on your skills, education, and interests, here are some of the positions available to you:

With a Bachelor’s Degree:

• HIM Department Director
• HIM System Manager
• Data Quality Manager
• Chief Privacy Officer
• HIM College Instructor
• Consultant

With an Associate’s Degree:

• Health Data Analyst
• Insurance Claims Analyst
• Records Technician Specialist
• Clinical Coding Specialist
• Physician Practice Manager
• Patient Information Coordinator
• Cancer Registrar

With a Coding Specialist Certification:

Hospital and doctor’s offices report coded data to insurance companies or the government, in the case of Medicare and Medicaid recipients, for reimbursement of their expenses. Researchers and public health officials also use coded medical data to monitor patterns and explore new interventions. Certified Coding Specialists (CCS) and coding practitioners with expertise in physician-based settings (CCS-P) are professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records in a hospital setting or doctor offices, group practices or specialty centers.

HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry, from hospitals to insurance agencies. For more information about HIM professionals in the workplace, follow this link: Video about HIM Profession

Salaries 

HIM professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector expands into the next century. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US. On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await HIM graduates. More than half of new HIM graduates with a bachelor’s degree start with salaries in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. By five years out, one can earn upwards of $50,000 – $75,000 annually. Most new HIM graduates with an associate’s degree jump right in and earn $20,000 to $30,000 annually. And these figures are just averages—many HIM professionals report salaries upward from here. For the results of AHIMA’s latest member Salary Information.