Health Information Technology (HIT)

People in this field process, analyze, disseminate, organize and manage health care records in medical office settings. Responsible for maintaining components of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, regulatory and accreditation requirements of a health care delivery system. Health Information Technicians help health information administrators review medical records, retrieve and compile data, and assist in the proper storage, maintenance, and retrieval of medical records. Health Information Technicians also control access to information contained within medical records to maintain confidentiality.

Typical Salary Range: 
$14 - $22 hours
Who Does Well: 

People with strong analytical and typing skills, computer skills, good communication and an interest in healthcare

Types of Employers: 

Hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, outpatient urgent health and surgery centers

Career Path: 

Can lead to jobs as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Registered Heatlh Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)

How to find a job: 

Employers are often looking for people with experience, so temporary staffing agencies or volunteer positions are a good way to begin. Online job websites, LinkedIn, and networking will all lead qualified applicants to available jobs.

Training Required: 

Certificate Program or an Associates Degree in Health Information Technology

Exams/Certifications Required: 

Successful gradutates are eligible for national accrediataion as an Accredited Record Technician (ART)