Exciting Medical Billing and Coding Opportunities

Are you considering a career in the medical field but feel more comfortable working behind the scenes than in the middle of all the action? Being a medical biller and coder could be the right job for you. Not to be discounted in comparison to frontline medical jobs such as those of doctors and nurses, a medical biller and coder's duty play an equally important role in the health care industry.

What is Medical Coding and Billing

Medical coding and billing are actually two separate processes. Medical coders and billers work under the supervision of the Financial Department. They are responsible in keeping records of all the patients, of medical procedures and of billing and insurance records. The translation of medical procedures into medical codes is performed by the medical coder. The medical biller then organizes the codes and assigns the financial costs to each of them and forwards the information to insurance companies or the patient. In layman's term a billing statement.

Work Environment

Health information technicians held about 186,300 jobs in 2012. Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians' offices.

How to Become a Medical Records or Health Information Technician

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although they may have an associate's degree. Many employers also require professional certification.


The median annual wage for health information technicians was $34,160 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.

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