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HIM Professional

The health information professional who successfully completes the national qualifying examination is afforded numerous career opportunities. While the majority of health information practitioners work in acute-care facilities, or hospitals, as coders, transcriptionists, managers or supervisors, others specialize in release of information, quality assurance/improvement, utilization review or risk management. In addition, many others find employment in non-acute care facilities such as physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, health maintenance organizations, long term care facilities, government health agencies, insurance companies, third party review agencies, medical/clinical research organizations and legal offices.

Health information professionals are also patient advocates - they maintain a patient's privacy of their health information and at the same time ensure that it is available to those who are authorized to receive it. The demand for health information professionals is at an all time high. In fact, the U.S. News and World Report listed the Health Care Information Specialist as one of its 20 Hot Jobs.

Job Outlook

  • As one of the largest industries in 2008, healthcare provided 14.3 million jobs for wage and salary workers.
  • Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related.
  • Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population.
  • Most workers have jobs that require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are highly educated.

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