Career Options for HIM Majors
In January 2016, PayScale.com updated salary information for professionals in health information management. The following list shows median salaries for HIM workers by position.
|Health Information Management Manager||$54,768|
|Registered Health Information Administrator||$48,730|
|Medical Records Supervisor||$42,046|
|Clinical Data Analyst||$59,530|
Health information management (HIM) degree programs prepare students for a variety of job opportunities in the healthcare field. Work experience may enhance those opportunities to include management and directorships in health information management. Professionals already in HIM positions may advance a career with specialized training offered by a bachelor's degree program and certification.
Bachelor's Degree Programs in HIM
Health information management bachelor's programs prepare students to manage healthcare data; collect, aggregate and analyze clinical and statistical data; translate data into usable information; and develop health information systems geared toward the advancement of healthcare. In addition to general education requirements, coursework for HIM programs commonly include:
- Applied medical sciences
- Medical terminology
- Healthcare delivery systems
- Health data structures
- Health service coding
- Applied health services research
- Record documentation systems
- Health information systems
- Healthcare payment systems
Certification for Heath Information Management Workers
Additionally, many HIM programs prepare students for professional certification, which may help to advance a career in health information management. The American Health Information Management Association offers the Registered Health Information Administrator exam to graduates of an eligible accredited bachelor's degree program. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society also administers a certification test to bachelor's degree holders with five years' experience in the profession.