Constantly evolving regulations and technologies allow for lifelong learning and continued professional development as an HIM professional. As healthcare advances, health information provides the patient data needed to successfully navigate these changes. This results in high demand in the employment sector at all levels of education and credentialing.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), new job opportunities could reach 50,000 by 2017. BLS has named medical records and health information technicians as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US with an expected job market growth of 23% by 2022. This growth is due to growth in the healthcare industry and technology. In addition, the federally mandated use of the electronic patient record will require that graduates be knowledgeable in the management of computerized health information.
According to the BLS, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $88,580 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $53,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $150,560. Earnings vary by type and size of the facility and level of responsibility.
Professional credentials allow graduates to compete more readily for job opportunities.
CAHIIM accredited bachelor degree graduates
are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination; associate degree graduates are eligible to take the American Health Information Association examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Those holding a current RHIT credential will be given special consideration when apply for admission to the bachelor's degree program.
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