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Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in California

May also be called: Clinical Data Specialists; Health Information Analysts; Health Information Management Specialists; Health Information Management Technicians; Health Information Specialists; Health Information Systems Technicians; Medical Record Technicians; Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT)

Specialties within this occupation include: Health Information Coders, Cancer Registrars

What Would I Do?

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians play a vital and unseen role in the quality of health care. They manage patient information and health care data ensuring privacy and security of protected health information and compliance with electronic data interchange standards in order to advance the delivery of quality health care.

Health Information Technicians usually work a 40-hour week, but some overtime may be required. In hospitals, where health information departments are open around the clock, Technicians may work day, evening, and night shifts.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Health Information Technician may appeal to those who enjoy following set procedures and routines as well as accuracy and attention to detail.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Salaries for Health Information Technicians vary by educational background and size of employer. Certified coding specialists earn more.

The median wage in 2016 for Health Information Technicians in California is $44,465 annually, or $21.38 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Annual Wages for 2016Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$33,387$44,465$59,814
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2016 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most employers offer benefit packages that include health insurance, vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Health Information Technicians should enjoy very good job prospects in the coming years. Those with a health information clinical coding background will be especially in demand.

How Do I Qualify?

Health Information Technicians usually have an associate degree from a community college. Many employers prefer Technicians who are Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

Finding a Job

Networking through professional associations and using professional health industry search firms are the most common ways to find job leads. Direct application to employers is also an effective job search method as are newspaper classified ads and Internet job listings. Recent graduates should apply with their school placement office. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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