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Medical Records Technicians are the individuals responsible for assembling and maintaining the medical records of patients who receive health care. These records, which are vitally important in treating the patient, contain a compilation of the following information:

  • Medical history
  • Observations
  • Surgical interventions
  • Treatment outcomes
  • Descriptions of symptoms
  • Results of examinations
  • Reports of x-rays and MRIs
  • Results of laboratory tests
  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment plans

Technicians verify the completeness of a patient's initial medical chart and make sure that all forms are properly filled out and authenticated. They regularly consult with physicians and other health care professionals for clarification of patient diagnoses and to obtain any additional information required for a patient's records. Technicians also tabulate data for future analysis, provide documentation when needed for use in legal actions, and compile information used to classify reimbursement status of medical procedures by insurance companies.

Responsibilities

Medical records technicians organize and maintain patient records in a manner consistent with the requirements of all components of the health care system: medical, administrative, regulatory, legal, and ethical. A partial list of their duties includes the following:

  • Process patient admission and discharge documents
  • Review records for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with regulations
  • Enter data into computers regarding demographic characteristics, disease history, diagnoses, and treatments
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained
  • Develop health record indexes and storage and retrieval systems to collate information

The specific day-to-day duties of a medical records technician will vary with the nature of the facility for which he/she works. In small facilities, a credentialed medical records technician usually assumes a variety of technician duties which often includes management of a department. In larger or medium-sized facilities, there are usually several technicians and very often, each will specialize in one aspect of health information. In these types of settings, management duties are usually assumed by an administrator. Examples of specialists in this field include the following:

  • Medical Record Coders specialize in coding patients' medical information for insurance purposes. Based on their knowledge of disease processes, these technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure. They then utilize specialized computer software to classify the patient as belonging to one of several hundred "diagnosis-related groups" (DRGs). The DRG classification determines the amount of reimbursement the hospital will recover from the patient's medical insurance carrier or from Medicare to cover the cost of the procedure. Coders are also responsible for using a variety of coding systems other than DRG to enter classifications for other applications such as doctor visits, ambulatory settings, or long-term care.
  • Cancer Registrars specialize in the registry of cancer patients. Based on reviews of a patient's records and pathology reports, they assign codes for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and also certain benign tumors. Registrars will enter information into regional or national databases and then follow up by conducting annual checks on patients in the registry to track and/or update their treatment, survival, and recovery. Information in the registry is used by physicians and public health organizations for a number of reasons including the derivation of survivor and success rates of various types of treatment, identification of geographic areas having high incidences of certain cancers, and the targeting of potential participants for clinical drug trials.

Job Characteristics

Most medical records technicians work a standard 40-hour week, although some overtime may be required. Those who are employed in hospital settings are often required to work evening or night shifts and/or work on weekends, due to the fact that hospital health information departments are usually open around the clock seven days a week.

Technicians typically do their work in pleasant and comfortable office settings. Unlike their counterparts in most health-related occupations, technicians usually have little or no direct contact with patients. There is some degree of stress in the job due to the ongoing demands for accuracy and the need to pay close attention to detail. Also, technicians are susceptible to the types of discomforts commonly experienced by people who work at computer monitors for prolonged periods of time; notably muscular pain and eyestrain.

To be successful in this job, individuals need good communication skills in order to effectively interface with insurance companies and other establishments. Technicians also need to be detail-oriented and extremely diligent, as accuracy is essential to the job. To an increasing extent, proficiency with computer use is becoming an extremely valuable asset for this profession.

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDL BLS) projects employment of medical records technicians to increase faster than the average rate of growth for all occupations over the upcoming decade. A principal factor driving this growth is the rapid proliferation of new tests, treatments, and procedures that need to be carefully scrutinized not only by health insurance companies, but also by other stakeholders such as regulatory agencies, courts, and consumers themselves. Sustaining the anticipated job growth is recent Federal legislation which mandates the use of electronic medical records, requiring more technicians to enter patient information into computer databases.

Job growth is expected to be especially robust in physicians' offices, particularly for large group practices. Employment prospects in home health care services, outpatient care centers, and nursing and residential care facilities are also expected to thrive. Although job growth in hospitals will not be quite as pronounced as in other settings, new jobs will continue to appear in hospitals as well.

Technicians with a strong background in medical coding will be in especially high demand to accommodate the ever-increasing amount of paperwork involved in filing insurance claims. Also, the influx of electronic health records is causing employers to strongly favor technicians who are prepared to work in an increasingly electronic environment.

Medical Records Technician Training, Certification, and Licensing

In order to enter this field, individuals generally need at least an associate degree from a community or junior college. Ideally, the degree program should be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). There are numerous postsecondary educational institutions which offer flexible course scheduling and/or online distance learning courses. Specific coursework helpful to students who aspire to this profession include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal aspects of health information, health data standards, data coding, statistics, database management, and computer science.

Most employers prefer to hire job candidates who are qualified as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). In order to achieve this designation, individuals must hold an associate degree from a CAHIIM-accredited program. In addition, candidates must also pass a written examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Some employers also show a preference for candidates who have prior experience in a health care setting.

Although there are no formal degree programs in coding, a number of schools offer certificate programs in coding or include coding as part of the associate degree program for medical records technicians. A few schools offer formal certificate programs in cancer registry which are approved by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). Some schools and also some employers offer intensive training programs, lasting one or two weeks in duration, in either coding or cancer registry. Most coding and registry specialists start out as general medical records technicians who advance by learning their coding or registry skills on the job.

There are several organizations that offer certifications in coding. Two of these are the Board of Medical Specialty Coding (BMSC) and the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialist (PAHCS). Another organization, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), offers three distinct certification programs in coding. Certification in cancer registry is available from the NCRA. Most certifications must be renewed periodically, and in order to do so, continuing education units must typically be acquired.

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Major Employers

Approximately 40% of all medical records technicians work in hospitals. Most of the rest are employed in doctors' offices, home health care services, outpatient care centers, and nursing care facilities. Other employers include public health departments and insurance firms.

Schools for Medical Records And Health Information Technicians are listed in the column to the left.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Medical Records and Health Information Technicians jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 920 $34,510
Birmingham 920 $34,510
Mobile 350 $28,540
Huntsville 250 $37,260
Montgomery 200 $30,810
Tuscaloosa 140 $30,320
Auburn 90 $26,680
Opelika 90 $26,680
Dothan 90 $28,120
Anniston 60 $24,340
Oxford 60 $24,340
Jacksonville 60 $24,340
Fairhope 50 $28,000
Daphne 50 $28,000
Foley 50 $28,000
Decatur 50 $28,550
Gadsden 50 $28,790
Florence 50 $37,290
Muscle Shoals 50 $37,290
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 330 $41,780
Fairbanks 90 $45,670
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 4070 $35,980
Phoenix 4070 $35,980
Scottsdale 4070 $35,980
Tucson 820 $37,300
Flagstaff 160 $45,880
Lake Havasu City 150 $31,060
Kingman 150 $31,060
Yuma 120 $39,860
Prescott 90 $32,200
Sierra Vista 50 $34,710
Douglas 50 $34,710
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 630 $37,440
North Little Rock 630 $37,440
Little Rock 630 $37,440
Jonesboro 120 $27,800
Hot Springs 90 $32,780
Pine Bluff 60 $28,100
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 7700 $41,410
Los Angeles 7700 $41,410
Anaheim 7700 $41,410
San Francisco 2450 $49,840
Hayward 2450 $49,840
Oakland 2450 $49,840
Carlsbad 2010 $44,450
San Diego 2010 $44,450
Arden 1790 $48,100
Sacramento 1790 $48,100
Arcade 1790 $48,100
Roseville 1790 $48,100
San Bernardino 1590 $42,620
Riverside 1590 $42,620
Ontario 1590 $42,620
Santa Clara 890 $56,550
Sunnyvale 890 $56,550
San Jose 890 $56,550
Fresno 600 $34,710
Ventura 400 $41,210
Oxnard 400 $41,210
Thousand Oaks 400 $41,210
Bakersfield 280 $44,340
Santa Maria 270 $42,550
Santa Barbara 270 $42,550
Santa Rosa 260 $38,720
Lodi 260 $42,720
Stockton 260 $42,720
Modesto 220 $37,930
Paso Robles 190 $37,890
San Luis Obispo 190 $37,890
Arroyo Grande 190 $37,890
Chico 180 $35,390
Redding 180 $53,070
Salinas 160 $48,100
Vallejo 160 $48,540
Fairfield 160 $48,540
Madera 120 $39,140
Porterville 100 $37,050
Visalia 100 $37,050
Merced 80 $41,320
Watsonville 80 $50,660
Santa Cruz 80 $50,660
El Centro 70 $31,220
Napa 70 $46,360
Yuba City 60 $34,320
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1700 $52,310
Denver 1700 $52,310
Lakewood 1700 $52,310
Colorado Springs 300 $37,330
Fort Collins 170 $41,100
Boulder 80 $40,090
Pueblo 80 $47,350
Grand Junction 70 $42,110
Greeley 60 $39,870
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 660 $44,970
West Hartford 660 $44,970
Hartford 660 $44,970
New Haven 380 $50,510
Stamford 300 $37,370
Norwalk 300 $37,370
Bridgeport 300 $37,370
Waterbury 130 $38,580
Danbury 70 $64,770
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 50 $31,980
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 3380 $38,460
West Palm Beach 3380 $38,460
Fort Lauderdale 3380 $38,460
Tampa 1970 $37,850
Clearwater 1970 $37,850
St. Petersburg 1970 $37,850
Jacksonville 1040 $34,600
Kissimmee 940 $41,850
Sanford 940 $41,850
Orlando 940 $41,850
Bradenton 410 $34,210
Sarasota 410 $34,210
North Port 410 $34,210
Daytona Beach 350 $34,060
Deltona 350 $34,060
Ormond Beach 350 $34,060
Gainesville 280 $48,690
Lakeland 220 $30,350
Winter Haven 220 $30,350
Brent 220 $32,260
Ferry Pass 220 $32,260
Pensacola 220 $32,260
Port St. Lucie 220 $34,900
Tallahassee 210 $30,190
Melbourne 180 $36,890
Titusville 180 $36,890
Palm Bay 180 $36,890
Fort Myers 170 $35,680
Cape Coral 170 $35,680
Ocala 100 $29,910
Fort Walton Beach 100 $35,400
Crestview 100 $35,400
Destin 100 $35,400
Homosassa Springs 90 $37,150
Naples 80 $43,680
Marco Island 80 $43,680
Immokalee 80 $43,680
Panama City 70 $32,860
Sebastian 60 $36,290
Vero Beach 60 $36,290
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 3410 $38,240
Atlanta 3410 $38,240
Sandy Springs 3410 $38,240
Savannah 210 $37,260
Macon 200 $30,270
Athens 200 $31,800
Clarke County 200 $31,800
Brunswick 110 $32,030
Gainesville 100 $38,100
Rome 70 $30,630
Warner Robins 60 $27,190
Albany 50 $29,290
Valdosta 50 $30,110
Dalton 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 490 $46,470
Lahaina 40 $35,890
Wailuku 40 $35,890
Kahului 40 $35,890
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 470 $36,880
Coeur d'Alene 100 $36,600
Idaho Falls 90 $25,260
Pocatello N/A $42,490
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 370 $30,240
Springfield 330 $37,250
Rockford 300 $34,690
Urbana 250 $32,270
Champaign 250 $32,270
Marion 150 $37,940
Carbondale 150 $37,940
Bloomington 130 $30,720
Decatur 50 $36,240
Danville 50 $48,760
Kankakee 40 $30,810
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1290 $38,220
Anderson 1290 $38,220
Carmel 1290 $38,220
Fort Wayne 410 $35,860
Goshen 140 $34,630
Elkhart 140 $34,630
Muncie 80 $33,980
West Lafayette 80 $35,970
Lafayette 80 $35,970
Terre Haute 80 $36,910
Michigan City 70 $38,490
La Porte 70 $38,490
Bloomington 50 $28,850
Columbus 50 $35,690
Kokomo N/A $34,390
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Iowa City 470 $47,080
West Des Moines 310 $36,880
Des Moines 310 $36,880
Cedar Rapids 200 $40,550
Cedar Falls 130 $37,210
Waterloo 130 $37,210
Dubuque 80 $29,420
Ames 60 $35,390
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 500 $32,450
Topeka 210 $36,630
Manhattan 50 $36,050
Lawrence 50 $37,450
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 840 $39,680
Fayette 840 $39,680
Bowling Green 130 $32,610
Owensboro 100 $31,530
Fort Knox N/A $44,040
Elizabethtown N/A $44,040
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 760 $32,620
New Orleans 760 $32,620
Baton Rouge 500 $30,370
Shreveport 360 $35,290
Bossier City 360 $35,290
Lafayette 240 $29,920
Lake Charles 160 $27,390
Houma 160 $32,830
Thibodaux 160 $32,830
Monroe 140 $34,100
Alexandria 110 $33,030
Hammond 40 $28,430
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 470 $37,920
South Portland 470 $37,920
Bangor 250 $32,720
Auburn 150 $39,010
Lewiston 150 $39,010
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2760 $47,310
Towson 2760 $47,310
Columbia 2760 $47,310
Lexington Park 50 $45,620
California 50 $45,620
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 190 $44,710
New Bedford 130 $53,870
Leominster 50 $39,250
Gardner 50 $39,250
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2620 $33,980
Warren 2620 $33,980
Detroit 2620 $33,980
Grand Rapids 520 $35,150
Wyoming 520 $35,150
Ann Arbor 360 $51,460
Kalamazoo 200 $35,990
Portage 200 $35,990
East Lansing 180 $38,030
Lansing 180 $38,030
Saginaw 160 $39,790
Flint 140 $30,880
Benton Harbor 110 $35,320
Niles 110 $35,320
Muskegon 80 $36,900
Battle Creek 50 $36,010
Jackson 50 $47,600
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 560 $49,360
St. Cloud 150 $43,540
Mankato 70 $37,160
North Mankato 70 $37,160
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 530 $34,460
Pascagoula 270 $30,300
Biloxi 270 $30,300
Gulfport 270 $30,300
Hattiesburg 250 $35,730
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 420 $34,840
Columbia 200 $42,680
Joplin 70 $31,830
Jefferson City N/A $38,230
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 300 $35,010
Missoula 100 $31,870
Great Falls 60 $35,970
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 270 $35,880
Grand Island 70 $31,640
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1260 $43,300
Henderson 1260 $43,300
Las Vegas 1260 $43,300
Reno 310 $41,540
Carson City 60 $41,030
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 180 $38,040
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 100 $53,160
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 600 $33,370
Las Cruces 140 $27,600
Santa Fe 100 $39,790
Farmington 80 $36,020
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 760 $42,020
Niagara Falls 760 $42,020
Buffalo 760 $42,020
Albany 540 $36,720
Troy 540 $36,720
Schenectady 540 $36,720
Rochester 480 $38,010
Syracuse 430 $39,250
Utica 190 $34,370
Rome 190 $34,370
Binghamton 140 $31,180
Watertown 90 $38,230
Fort Drum 90 $38,230
Glens Falls 80 $34,190
Kingston 80 $35,270
Elmira N/A $39,340
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 910 $30,880
Winston 470 $39,710
Salem 470 $39,710
Greensboro 370 $32,540
High Point 370 $32,540
Durham 360 $36,500
Chapel Hill 360 $36,500
Asheville 330 $34,770
Fayetteville 260 $36,800
Lenoir 250 $29,740
Hickory 250 $29,740
Morganton 250 $29,740
Greenville 170 $37,430
Goldsboro 120 $32,370
Wilmington 110 $31,540
Burlington 70 $35,680
New Bern 60 $29,360
Jacksonville 60 $33,400
Rocky Mount 50 $28,100
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 200 $42,420
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 1310 $37,080
Cleveland 1310 $37,080
Columbus 1270 $36,200
Toledo 900 $37,740
Dayton 600 $32,410
Akron 490 $34,820
Massillon 210 $34,010
Canton 210 $34,010
Lima 150 $36,430
Mansfield 60 $31,450
Springfield 30 $35,730
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1760 $30,990
Tulsa 930 $34,190
Lawton 210 $43,930
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 220 $38,460
Salem 210 $42,520
Medford 150 $35,560
Bend 120 $41,480
Redmond 120 $41,480
Corvallis 40 $48,650
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1530 $33,710
Harrisburg 400 $38,220
Carlisle 400 $38,220
Reading 310 $43,130
Wilkes 280 $34,470
Hazleton 280 $34,470
Barre 280 $34,470
Scranton 280 $34,470
Lancaster 260 $35,800
Erie 170 $29,780
York 170 $35,840
Hanover 170 $35,840
Berwick 130 $37,410
Bloomsburg 130 $37,410
Altoona 100 $36,340
Chambersburg 80 $38,930
Waynesboro 80 $38,930
Lebanon 70 $35,910
Gettysburg 40 $30,550
Johnstown 40 $35,080
State College 40 $35,130
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1360 $19,110
Carolina 1360 $19,110
San Juan 1360 $19,110
Ponce 130 $18,100
Mayag�ez 70 $18,130
Arecibo 70 $18,670
San German 40 $22,300
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 710 $38,440
North Charleston 710 $38,440
Columbia 490 $37,760
Mauldin 370 $33,270
Anderson 370 $33,270
Greenville 370 $33,270
Spartanburg 220 $30,900
Florence 150 $34,330
Beaufort 60 $37,990
Hilton Head Island 60 $37,990
Bluffton 60 $37,990
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 470 $37,340
Rapid City 190 $36,650
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1850 $35,780
Franklin 1850 $35,780
Davidson 1850 $35,780
Nashville 1850 $35,780
Knoxville 910 $32,500
Jackson 280 $30,260
Johnson City 160 $38,370
Morristown 40 $31,290
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 4530 $40,460
Fort Worth 4530 $40,460
Arlington 4530 $40,460
The Woodlands 3610 $38,590
Sugar Land 3610 $38,590
Houston 3610 $38,590
San Antonio 1830 $33,790
New Braunfels 1830 $33,790
Round Rock 1560 $34,480
Austin 1560 $34,480
El Paso 620 $29,260
Mission 480 $22,510
Edinburg 480 $22,510
McAllen 480 $22,510
Temple 440 $40,250
Killeen 440 $40,250
Corpus Christi 300 $30,630
Lubbock 270 $30,830
Tyler 240 $30,960
Port Arthur 230 $30,570
Beaumont 230 $30,570
Amarillo 200 $39,930
Victoria 190 $32,260
Harlingen 160 $31,590
Brownsville 160 $31,590
Longview 150 $25,040
Waco 80 $30,390
Sherman 80 $30,630
Denison 80 $30,630
Odessa 80 $35,240
Abilene 80 $36,310
San Angelo 80 $47,920
Wichita Falls 70 $36,290
Midland 60 $30,630
Laredo 40 $28,210
Bryan N/A $34,540
College Station N/A $34,540
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 970 $38,590
Orem 320 $36,550
Provo 320 $36,550
Ogden 170 $32,780
Clearfield 170 $32,780
St. George 40 $31,430
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 250 $39,040
Burlington 250 $39,040
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1120 $34,830
Roanoke 330 $36,160
Charlottesville 310 $41,260
Lynchburg 170 $35,540
Staunton 90 $34,570
Waynesboro 90 $34,570
Harrisonburg 60 $34,550
Blacksburg 30 $36,500
Christiansburg 30 $36,500
Radford 30 $36,500
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 2690 $44,380
Tacoma 2690 $44,380
Seattle 2690 $44,380
Spokane Valley 390 $36,770
Spokane 390 $36,770
Yakima 210 $38,060
Kennewick 160 $35,310
Richland 160 $35,310
Tumwater 140 $34,380
Olympia 140 $34,380
Silverdale 120 $42,370
Bremerton 120 $42,370
Mount Vernon 90 $35,630
Anacortes 90 $35,630
Bellingham 70 $35,880
Wenatchee 70 $37,310
Longview 50 $44,900
Walla Walla 40 $36,910
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 200 $31,700
Morgantown 190 $41,900
Beckley 90 $34,170
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1420 $43,980
Waukesha 1420 $43,980
Milwaukee 1420 $43,980
Madison 640 $41,800
Green Bay 400 $37,080
Eau Claire 210 $37,790
Appleton 160 $37,580
Wausau 150 $35,640
Neenah 110 $40,020
Oshkosh 110 $40,020
Sheboygan 50 $34,770
Beloit N/A $33,710
Janesville N/A $33,710
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 70 $37,610
Cheyenne 60 $41,300

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 65,500 38% $32,600
Medical Office 59,400 35% $26,980
Nursing And Residential Care 16,530 9% $30,310
Government 9,250 5% $39,470
Professional And Technical Services 5,590 3% $33,600
Office Services And Staffing 4,940 2% $32,540
Education 2,410 1% $36,550
Business Management 2,130 1% $36,050
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  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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Chula Vista
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  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Anaheim
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  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

About Education Corporation of America

Education Corporation of America's institutions broaden access to postsecondary educational opportunities.

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Chula Vista
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  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Offers career programs in accounting, cosmetology, massage therapy, physical fitness training, and more.
  • Provides hands-on training led by instructors who have relevant, on-the-job experience.
  • Each campus features a public salon and spa for student practice.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 11 campuses across California, Texas, Nevada and Idaho, as well as 8 additional Milan Institute of Cosmetology campuses.
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Sparks
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  • Certificate - Medical Office Administrative Assistant

You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online. We offer several Associates and Bachelors degrees in the business, health care, accounting and legal fields. Our accelerated programs are designed to help you complete your degree as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We help students get not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.

Programs
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
  • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.
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Fairfield
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  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
Programs
  • Certificate - Medical Office
  • Degree - Medical Office
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Lancaster
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We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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