Careers: Cancer Registry Management

Careers: Cancer Registry Management
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Cancer Registry Management Careers

Healthcare is the fastest-growing employment industry, with more than 2.4 million new jobs expected by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( Demand for Cancer Registrars is also increasing with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting more than 20% growth over the next three to five years (much faster than the average for all other occupations).

Cancer registrars work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, central or state cancer registries, accrediting organizations, government agencies, software vendors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance agencies and more. Working remotely is also a growing trend for cancer registrars, and some registrars work for outsourcing companies hired by hospitals to staff their cancer registry. According to the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), the average salary for a full-time registrar in 2022 was between $62,106 and $99,195 depending on years of experience.

Some employers require cancer registry professionals to have the Oncology Data Specialist® (ODS) credential. The ODS credential demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry. It is nationally recognized in the recruitment and retention of registry personnel. In order to sit for the ODS (formerly CTR) exam, students must graduate from an NCRA-accredited program (like ours).

In fact, UC’s Cancer Registry Management (CRM) Certificate program is one of very few accredited programs that is offered 100% online.


Graduates of UC’s Cancer Registry program will be able to:

  • Abstract accurate, valuable health information to allow for uniform data collection
  • Manage local, state and/or national level cancer registry programs
  • Report cancer-related information to assist healthcare providers in improving patient care
  • Assist healthcare professionals in gathering, organizing & analyzing cancer-related research
  • Gather, organize and provide information to help increase & improve cancer prevention efforts
Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars $62,990 9%
Medical and Health Services Managers $110,680 9%

By the numbers

A career as a cancer registrar offers flexibility, above average incomes, remote work opportunities, stable and secure employment, and a chance to make a difference in the lives of others (as well as your own).
The most recent NCRA Workforce Study indicates a rapidly growing need for Cancer Registrars.
National Cancer Registrar Association (NCRA)