Do you like...
working with data, computers, and information
reading about health, science, diseases, and treatments
But don't like...
seeing blood and gross stuff
smelling bad odors
...then a Health Information Specialist might be a good career option for you!
What Is A Health Information Specialist?
Health Information Specialists are stewards of health information.
They ensure the accuracy, usefulness, integrity, and protection of patient health information throughout a healthcare organization.
They have skills in:
administrative and clinical workflows
Work Settings & Environment
Health Information Specialists do mostly computer and paperwork in clean office environments with relatively low noise.
They can be found in:
Clinics and doctor's offices
Insurance or pharmaceutical companies
Registries (cancer, trauma, vaccination, device registries)
Law or governmental offices
They may also work in home offices.
How Much Education And Training Do I Need?
Most Health Information Specialists obtain a 2-year degree.
Master's Degree - Informatics
Certifications bring greater credibility to the profession. The U.S. and Canada offer similar certifications.
Health Information Technicians
Certified Professional Coder
Registered Health Information Administrator
Show Me The Money
Health Information Specialists earn a good income with good health benefits if they work in a hospital setting. Physician's offices may offer slightly less but have more opportunities for flexible and part-time work.
In the U.S.
According to the American Health Information Management Association, Salary ranges from $45,000 to $75,000 (US) per year.
According to the Canadian Health Information Management Association, Salary ranges from $40,232 to $67,075 (CAD) per year.