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Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow much faster than average, and job prospects should be very good.

Employment prospects: Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase at least 15% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. As people are more active into later years, and, as the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase. Cancer registrars should also experience job growth as the incidence of cancer increases from an aging population. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Job prospects: Job opportunities will also increase. In addition to job growth as a result of electronic health record implementation, meaningful use, ICD-10 coding, research, and data analytics, numerous openings will result from the need to replace medical record and health information technicians who retire or leave the occupation permanently. Technicians that demonstrate a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand.