Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

What do they do?

Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.

Also known as:

Coder, Health Information Clerk, Health Information Management Technician, Health Information Specialist, Health Information Systems Technician, Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech), Medical Coder, Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Clerk, Medical Records Coordinator, Medical Records Custodian, Medical Records Director, Medical Records Supervisor, Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Release of Information Specialist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Medical Records and Health Information Technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 14.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #18 in job growth rate
  • 400

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.3%)
  • Master's degree (3.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (18.1%)
  • Associate's degree (23.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (32.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (19.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor medical facility activities to ensure adherence to standards or regulations.
  • Process healthcare paperwork.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Present medical research reports.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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