Though health information technicians do not directly care for patients, their role is essential in the healthcare field. Working behind the scenes, they code and classify information to track patients’ treatment history and ensure healthcare costs are properly reimbursed by insurance companies. They also protect sensitive health information and ensure records are complete and accurate.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S Department of Labor, the field is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2020, higher than the average for all professions. Organization, as well as analytical, interpersonal and technological skills are crucial to the career.
Many employers require an associate’s degree or certification, but health information technicians generally must renew their certifications regularly and keep pace with changing technology.
Most work full time in hospitals or doctor’s offices, but work hours may vary in hospitals and medical centers that are open 24 hours a day.