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Health Information Management

294 Associates's Degrees Annually
1,588 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#92 in Popularity (Associate's)
$113,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Information Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health information management graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,438
Basic Certificate 470
Associate Degree 325
Undergraduate Certificate 186

What Health Information Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to health information were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Health Information Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Health Information Majors

health information majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for Health Information Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a health information student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Health Information Management?

325 Associate's Degrees Annually
90% Percent Women
49% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 90% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of health information majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 27
Black or African American 36
Hispanic or Latino 77
White 159
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 25

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Health Information. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Health Information Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Health Information majors often go into careers with median salaries of $113,730. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with health information require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to health information have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 65.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.9%
Master’s Degree 11.5%

Online Health Information Management Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 193 schools offered some type of health information management program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 22 9
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 52 20
Bachelor’s Degree 24 8
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 25 13
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Health Information Management Worth It?

The median salary for a health information grad is $113,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 185% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,476,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to health information.

Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 28,132
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,648
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,607
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,181
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 6,986
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4,793
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 4,284
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,474
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 2,148
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,087
Medical Reception/Receptionist 693
Long Term Care Administration/Management 409
Clinical Research Coordinator 303
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 243
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 141
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 114
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 28
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 15
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 12
Disease Registry Data Management 10

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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