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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,588
Associate’s Degree 295
Basic Certificate 223
Undergraduate Certificate 127

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

Health Information majors often go into careers in which the following 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

When studying health information, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

A major in health information will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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?

295 Associate's Degrees Annually
92% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 92% 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 14
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 63
White 160
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 26

How Much Do Health Information Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to health information is $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. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for health information careers below.

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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 2018-2019, 202 schools offered a health information program of some type. 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) 25 8
Certificate (1-2 years) 22 10
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 49 21
Bachelor’s Degree 24 10
Post-Baccalaureate 25 8
Master’s Degree 24 14
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 14,779
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,933
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,765
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,610
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 7,619
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 5,301
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,769
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 3,177
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 1,994
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,258
Medical Reception/Receptionist 745
Long Term Care Administration/Management 269
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 268
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 186
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 182
Clinical Research Coordinator 101
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 28
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 14
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 4

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.

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