Driven in part by a transition to electronic health record systems, health information management is one of the fastest-growing career fields today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for health services managers, which includes health information professionals, will grow by 23 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average of all occupations. Those with health information certification, such as the RHIA, face the best prospects.
Among UW HIHIM graduates, 80 to 90 percent find employment within six months of completing the program. Our graduates enter the job market with a versatile skill set that allows them to work in a variety of different capacities, including positions as:
Program graduates work for a variety of employers, such as hospitals and clinics, electronic health records vendors, software development and implementation firms, government agencies, academic institutions, health plans and insurance companies, health care compliance and regulatory programs, and international informatics research and biotechnology firms.
Below is a sampling of recent job titles of HIHIM graduates:
Health information professionals have strong earning potential, according to a 2012 AHIMA salary study. Salaries vary depending on role and work setting. For example, the survey indicated that coding professionals earned an average of $49,222 a year and analysts earned about $65,978 a year.