U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

August 29, 2013 – 01:55

Medical records and health information technicians Medical records technicians and health information needed to address the discrepancies and patient information with other professionals such as doctors and insurance.

Basic Information: Medical Records Technician and Health Information
2010 Median Wage 32.350 USD per year
$ 15.55 per hour
Join Academic Level Untitled postsecondary Award
Occupation Work Experience in Similar None
Training at Work None
Number of Jobs, 2010 179, 500
Occupational Outlook, 2010-20 21% (faster than average)
Change in the Number of Jobs, 2010-20 37, 700
Technical What Do Medical Records and Health Information?

Medical records technicians and health information data organize and manage health information, ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility and safety in both electronic and print systems. They use different classification systems for coding and categorizing patient information for purposes of reimbursement, for records and databases, and maintain medical records and medical treatment of patients.

Work Environment

Most medical records technicians and health information work in hospitals or doctors' offices. Most technicians work full time.

How to Become One

Medical records technicians and health information usually require a postsecondary certificate for entry into the occupation, but can also have an associate degree. Many employers also require professional certification.


The median annual wage of medical records technicians and health information was $ 32.350 in May 2010.

Occupational Outlook

It is projected that employment of medical records technicians and health information will increase by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than average for all occupations. It is expected that the demand for health services will increase as the population ages. The aging population will need more tests, treatments and procedures. This also means that more claims for reimbursement from public and private insurance. Additional records, along with the widespread use of electronic health records (EHR) by all types of health care providers, should lead to increased demand for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

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Compare the job duties, education, job growth and remuneration of medical records technicians and health information with similar occupations.


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Source: www.bls.gov

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Compensation Plan Advice (Medical Recruiters)

2007-10-18 13:31:54 by OwnerofSmallBiz

I have a question for those with experience in the medical recruiting industry.
My wife and I are considering adding remote workers to our company and are trying to design a fair comp plan for our recruiters.
We will be providing access to job boards, software to manage clients/contacts/candidates/etc, virtual pbx extension, back office support (billing clients, etc), assisting with contract negotiation, and my wife will be doing a great deal of sourcing/research on their behalf.
The only thing these recruiters have to provide is a home office, unlimited long distance and outlook

Comments for further research.

2009-12-07 19:04:08 by edugirl

The vocations you mentioned vary greatly on the length and rigor of education involved and salary.
For example, becoming a surgeon requires 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and at least 3 years, but most likely 5 to 6 years of residency and subspecialty training and very long work hours thereafter, but it pays very well (under the current health care system).
To be an EMT, I believe is a semester or year-long course at a community college, but it does not pay very well.
I would not classify surgeons as ISTP, but family medical practitioners, psychiatrists, internists and pediatricians tend to have more ISTP personalities

Healthcare career links for you

2009-06-03 10:47:35 by edugirl

There are many other healthcare professions, and these are listed by the American Medical Association:
Go to "Education and Careers > Careers in Healthcare," which provides a listing all of the allied health professions. Note the link toward the left, "Health Care Income Ranges."
You can find more detailed information on these careers by using the US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics "Occupational Outlook Handbook" and searching on each vocation:

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