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Career Outlook

A career as a health information technician (HIT) professional is as rewarding as it is gratifying. As healthcare advances, the HIT professional provides the necessary skills required to successfully navigate the changes in the management of patient data.

The HIT career path encompasses a wide range of occupations with various job functions including, but not limited to, the following: health records management, quality assurance, risk management, medical coding, data analysis and reporting.

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry. (U.S. Department of Labor)

The starting salary for entry-level positions depends on the area of specialization, with coders earning at the higher end of the scale. Starting salaries in the Valley range from $22,000 - $35,000. Out of the Valley starting salaries may range anywhere from $25,000 - $50,000. Starting salaries increase for those individuals with Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentials.

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