Careers: Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

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Bachelor’s in Health Information Management

Careers in health information management are expanding rapidly for several reasons, including our aging population’s increasing demand for all types of medical services and the ongoing evolution of electronic health record technology as the world of healthcare transitions from old-fashioned paper records to modern electronic systems.

This has created a wide range of health information management career opportunities for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) who have strong skills in data collection and analysis, as well as other health information management and health information technology professionals.

Health information managers are well paid, with salaries ranging from $56,000 for less experienced professionals to more than $150,000 per year for those with years of experience and a master’s degree.

What You’ll Do in a Health Information Management Career

HIM professionals, according to AHIMA, are “trained and skilled in the latest health information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare organization, from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate and protected.”

HIM professionals are responsible for managing health information records that include patient histories, lab results, X-rays, clinical information, notes and much more.

Health Information Management Jobs & Salary Outlook

A bachelor’s in Health Information Management (HIM) helps individuals earn an average of $66,064 versus $49,769 for an associate degree, according to AHIMA, which attributes this increased earning potential to the “managerial competencies gained through completion of a BS in HIM.” PayScale.com reports that the average annual salary for those who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management is $60,000.

Higher-level health information management job titles and salaries listed recently by PayScale include:

Database Administration Manager: $112,105
Applications Systems Analyst: $80,271
Medical Records Director: $74,296
Health Information Management Director: $70,216
Coding Manager: $68,779

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment opportunities for RHITs will grow by 21% through 2020. Career opportunities include the following settings:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Multi-Specialty Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Physician Practices
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Consulting Services
  • Educational Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Product Vendors
  • Insurance Companies
  • Managed Care Providers
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Software Vendors

What is Next after a Bachelor in HIM?

Many students choose to continue their education. UC Master’s of Health Informatics (MHI) Online is the perfect program to continue your education and continue to increase your earning potential. You can take graduate level course in MHI in your last semester in the Bachelor in HIM program to get a head start.

By the numbers

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment opportunities for RHITs will grow by 21% through 2020. A corresponding study by AHIMA equates this to job growth of 4,300 positions per year and warns that there is a substantial shortage of qualified HIM professionals to fill the need.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
“An AHIMA-sponsored study indicates that a health information manager/director with a Bachelor’s in Health Information Management earns between $9,000 and $16,000 more in salary per year than those holding an associate degree.”
American Health Information Management Association
Potential Career at:
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Multi-Specialty Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Physician Practices
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Consulting Services
  • Educational Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Product Vendors
  • Insurance Companies
  • Managed Care Providers
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Software Vendors

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