Careers: Medical Coder

Careers: Medical Coder
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Career with Medical Biller/Coder Certificate

Join one of the fastest growing professions in the United States!

With a professional medical biller/coder certificate, you can pursue a wide variety of careers in hospitals, physician offices, nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, home health services, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, law firms, tax firms, billing companies, public health/government departments and more.

Medical billing & coding professionals use industry-established codes and the latest healthcare technology to help collect, manage and maintain medical and financial records. Billing & coding professionals also manage the coding of patient diagnoses and treatment(s)/procedure(s), working with insurance companies to ensure claims are properly recorded and processed.

There is no better time than NOW to pursue a career in Medical Billing and Coding. The healthcare industry is undergoing unprecedented change and modernization – including the shift to electronic health records (EHR) systems. In addition, a very large portion of the population is entering retirement age and the demand for health care professionals who can process and manage this data is growing rapidly!

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Medical Billing and Coding industry is expected to grow over 15% by 2024! That’s nearly twice the growth rate of any other industry. Not only are there an increasing number of job openings, but many of these jobs pay above average salaries. The top 10% of medical billers & coders across the United States have an average annual salary of $64,000 (with some making even more than that) (PayScale 2017-2018).

Many students who have always wanted to work in medicine and/or healthcare are often deterred (understandably) by the financial investment required. The tuition, fees and amount of time (often unpaid) required for schooling, residency, specialized training, etc. is enough to scare anyone. One of the great advantages of working in this field (and in most allied health fields) is that you don’t have to have a medical degree. You can earn this affordable, highly-marketable medical certificate in just one year!

Below you’ll find data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports job outlook and salaries based on national data. The career(s) listed below are just a sample of the employment opportunities for this industry/sector. Wages, salaries and job titles will vary depending on years of experience, credentials, geographic location, etc.

What can I do after I earn my Medical Biller/Coder Certificate?

All of our Medical Biller/Coder graduates are eligible for our online (HIS) Associate Degree Transfer Program. You can transfer your medical billing & coding credits into our online Associate Degree in Health Information Systems Program and you’ll be more than halfway done!

If you want to continue advancing your education (and career) after the Associates, you can make another seamless transition into our online Bachelor’s in Health Information Management! All of these programs are designed for working professionals and offer flexible schedules and financial aid packages.

HIS graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential and HIM graduates can sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. Both of these credentials are well-respected and highly sought after in the healthcare industry!

Our online Cancer Registry Management Certificate Program is another great opportunity to increase your earnings and marketability in the healthcare industry. Our Cancer Registry program is one of VERY FEW programs in the U.S. that is offered online and fully accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association!

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars $58,250 11%
Medical Records Specialists $47,180 4-7%
Medical Assistants $38,270 11%

Employment Opportunities for Graduates
Employment for medical records and health information technicians is growing rapidly. Graduates can work in many different healthcare settings.

  • Physician practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Public health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Law and insurance firms
  • Health product vendors