Career in Health Information ManagementWhat can I do with a degree?

Your guide to a career in health information management

Career in Health Information Management

Healthcare is a steadily growing field with no signs of stopping. In fact, medical and health service manager jobs is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - much faster than the average for all other occupations. As the large baby boomer population ages, and as people remain more active later in life, there will likely be an increased demand for a variety of healthcare jobs.

With a degree in health information management, you can enjoy a career that combines health care and technology. As a health information management professional, you'll help other providers deliver high-quality care. You will help manage and analyze patient data, which doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers use to perform their jobs and provide exceptional patient care.

Jobs you can get with an HIM degree: Potential career paths

After earning your degree, you will be able to pursue a variety of jobs in health information management based on your specific skills, interests, and the type of degree you have. While many positions may be found in hospitals and doctors’ offices, jobs are also available in insurance offices or public health administration offices.

With a bachelor’s degree in HIM, you may find a career as a:

  • Data quality manager
  • Department director
  • System manager
  • Consultant or instructor
  • Chief privacy officer

These positions can be found in a variety of workplaces, including hospitals, clinics as well as traditional office environments.

With an HIM associate’s degree, you may find a job with the following titles:

  • Patient information coordinator
  • Physician practice manager
  • Health data analyst
  • Insurance claims analyst
  • Clinical coding specialist
  • Records technician specialist

These jobs are often found in healthcare environments, such as hospitals, physician offices, and long-term care facilities. They can also be found in office settings.

MBA-level jobs in health information management

A master’s degree in business administration can help prepare you to take on leadership roles in health information management, including director, executive, and C-suite positions, such as:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Program Director
  • Development Director
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Operations Officer (COO)
  • Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)

How much you can make with a degree in healthcare management

Wage estimates vary based on job title, experience, location, and level of education. Learn more about the average salary for jobs in health information management and see the trends by state.

Average salary for a sample of common healthcare information management careers
Job positionPer yearPer hour
Medical Records & HI Technicians$44,010$21.16
Health Educators$59,660$28.68
Management Consultants$94,390$45.38
Medical and Health Service Managers$113,730$54.68
All salary data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Healthcare information management is an in-demand career field and the outlook for job growth is positive, so you have the potential to earn a very good salary with an HIM associate or bachelor’s degree—earning your health information management degree really is worth it.

Where do health information management professionals work?

Depending on which area of health information management you focus on, you could work in a variety of healthcare-related settings. They include hospitals and physicians offices, as well as:

  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health offices
  • Insurance companies

How do I know if a career in health information management is right for me?

People from a variety of educational and work backgrounds are often a good fit for health information management because HIM includes many different job opportunities. However, some key skills can help you obtain your degree and excel in your career.

Skills needed in health information management:

  • Technology
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Time Management
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to follow through and complete a project

Are you looking to make a career change into health information management? Nurses are well suited for HIM careers, because they can apply their existing knowledge of patient care and healthcare services to their job. Medical coders also are a good fit for a career in HIM. Above all, a desire to learn and a passion for healthcare and technology will help you succeed in an HIM-related career.

How do I start and advance a career in health information management?

There are different paths to pursue a career in HIM and continue growing towards career advancement. Some students choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Information Management right away. Others choose to first earn a certificate, diploma or associate degree in a healthcare or IT-related discipline, such as Healthcare Administration or Technology Studies before going to school for their bachelor’s degree. They may take classes in person or online.

How long does it take to get a degree in health information management?

The time it needed to complete your degree depends on the school and program you choose. Here are the estimates for Herzing University HIM programs:

  • Associate’s degree program (Health Information Management): 20 months
  • Bachelor’s degree program: 36 months
  • MBA degree program: 12 months when full-time

What certifications can I prepare for with an HIM degree?

After you’ve successfully completed your associate or bachelor’s degree program in HIM, you are eligible to take exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), earn your HIM certification and further your career potential:

  • Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) exam.
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Graduates of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam.

If this sounds like you, take the next step and begin your journey toward a career in health information management! Herzing offers you flexible pathways to help you build your HIM education, work toward a new career and reach your goals. Learn more about our HIM associate and bachelor’s degree programs today.

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