The job outlook for Healthcare workers looks very good. With the activation of ObamaCare and mandatory insurance for all Americans, as well as the great number of baby boomers born after 1946 moving into middle age, there is going to be a large increase in the number of people seeking medical care and an increased need for medical billers and coders. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Outlook Handbook, predicts a 22% increase in the need Health Information Technicians such as medical billers and coders from 2012 to 2022. This rate of growth in much higher than is expected in most other occupations.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians organize and manage patient’s health records by coding and categorizing patient information for insurance reimbursement, for inclusion in databases and registries, and to complete the patient’s medical and treatment history. Graduation from a college Health Information Management or HIM program is highly recommended although not required, but certification through the American Health Information Management Association, known as AHIMA, or the American Association of Professional Coders, AAPC, is highly recommended and required for most jobs. Medical Records and Information Technicians usually work in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics or physician’s offices, although some may be employed by insurance companies.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics prepares statistics about the growth and salaries one can expect in various occupation and presents them in the yearly Occupational Outlook Handbook which can be accessed online. The projected job outlook for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians from 2012 to 2022 is 22%, mostly because of the increase in health care needed by the influx of baby boomers into their older years. It is projected that more than 41,000 new workers (medical coders, cancer registrars, etc.) will be needed by 2022. The median salary one can expect as a medical biller or coder was approximately $32,350 per year in 2010, and $34,160 in 2012; this equates to approximately $15.55 per hour in 2010 and $16.34 per hour in 2012. One can see that the salary trend is rising, and it can be reasonably be expected to continue to rise in the future.