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Associate in Applied Science



Health Information Management/Coding - Job Outlook

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute

Program Coordinator:
Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT, 816.604.4245

Application deadline: March 1

The Health Science Institute (HSI) was designed to centralize the health career programs in one building that mimics both healthcare and real life settings, incorporates instructional methodologies such as; interdisciplinary simulated learning using state-of-the-art equipment and cloud base lecture capture which allows student access to learning materials 24/7.  The combined elements of this model fosters student fellowship, life-long learning and supports student success. The health career programs are affordable, accredited and yield a good return on the student’s investment through gainful employment and high wage salaries.

Job Outlook:

Employment is expected to grow faster than average. Job prospects should be very good. Technicians with a strong background in medical coding will be in particularly high demand.

Health Information Management

Base salary and job outlook

  • Median annual earnings: $38,860 in 2014. The middle 50% earned between $28,250 and $46,640. (US Department of Labor)
  • Demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects over 90,000 job openings in this field between 2012 and 2022. 

Possible job titles

  • Health Data Analyst
  • Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Records Technician
  • Clinical Coding Specialist/Physician Practice Manager
  • Reimbursement Specialist
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Patient Information Coordinator

Where you can work

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Medical group practice
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • FBI (to investigate Medicare fraud and abuse)

Coding Specialist

Base salary and job outlook

  • Median annual earnings: $35,048 (with zero to one year experience) in 2014. The middle 50% earned between $31,200 and $41,624. (American Academy of Professional Coders)
  • Demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects over 90,000 job openings in this field between 2012 and 2022.

Where you can work

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Medical group practice
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • FBI (to investigate Medicare fraud and abuse)
Last Modified: 6/1/18