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 17 percent between 2014 and 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations. Those with health information certification, such as the RHIA, face the best job prospects.
High Job Placement for HIHIM Grads
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 many different capacities, including positions as:
- Health information specialists and managers
- Electronic health records implementation specialists
- Release of information specialists
- Health care privacy analysts
- Data and content analysts
A Variety of Employers and Settings
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:
- EHR Applications Trainer, Acute Care Hospital, Seattle, WA
- Data and Information Management Intern, Ambulatory Care Provider, Portland, OR
- Utilization Management Specialist, Specialty Hospital, Seattle, WA
- Health Information Technology Analyst, Behavioral Health Services Organization, Seattle, WA
- Business Analyst, Ambulatory Service Provider, Renton, WA
- Health Data Analyst, Health Benefit Insurer, Seattle, WA
- Electronic Health Record Implementation Analyst, Academic Medical Center, Seattle, WA
- Medical Coder Biller, Behavioral Health Center, Centralia, WA
- Release of Information Specialist, Acute Care and Specialty Care Organization, Seattle-Tacoma area
Strong Earning Potential
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.
For more information about career options in health informatics and health information management, see AHIMA's Career Map and Career & Student Center.