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What to Expect as a Medical Coder
1. You'll be part of a growing industry
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” In fact, due mainly to an aging population, "Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups."
2. You'll be in demand
After dedicating time and money to training and certification, a job needs to be waiting for you. You can count on plenty of good news. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that demand for medical billing and coding specialists to rise by 11% from 2018 to 2028 – that’s “much faster than average”. That translates into a lot of new hiring for medical billing and coding specialists. By comparison, the average job market for US workers is expected to increase by only 7% during the same period.
3. You'll earn a competitive salary
As of 2018, the average US medical billing and coding salary was more than $40,000 – which is higher than the average American income. These numbers can fluctuate, depending on the location, type of employer and the amount of experience you already have.
4. You'll have educational options
There are multiple paths to becoming a medical coder, including traditional coursework at a technical school, community college, or other institution. EXECUTRAIN offers a full curriculum of training classes and study guides to help you become a certified coder. All class sessions are taught in a traditional classroom with a instructor in the room.
5. You can start a career in months, not years
Although some schools offer a two or four-year degree in medical coding, it isn't necessary to devote extensive time or expense to become a certified professional coder (CPC®). EXECUTRAIN's training courses may be completed, in is little as a 3 months.
6. You'll have opportunities for advancement
An experienced certified coder develops skills and knowledge that are valuable in many healthcare business roles, which may include practice management, medical auditing, compliance, documentation improvement, education, and more. EXECUTRAIN offers a variety of specialized certifications, which can help you expand your career options.
7. You'll always be learning
Healthcare is a dynamic industry due to evolving technology, advancing standards of care, and new regulatory frameworks. A medical coder's job does involve routine, but constant changes to coding requirements will keep you engaged. No matter how long you've been on the job, there's always more to learn — especially for those who take pride in honing their abilities.
8. You can work from home
Are you a night owl or a morning person? Are you the kind of person who likes to work whenever you’re able?
Many institutions – like hospitals – offering medical coding and billing jobs operate 24/7, so there’s always a demand for a variety of schedules. If you’re not a 9-5 kind of person, you can probably switch to a 2nd or rotating shift instead.
9. You can dress comfortably at work
Coders typically work in a "back office," or even remotely, which lessens the need (and expense) of "business" dress, or the discomfort of heels or other formal footwear. Many coders working in a facility may be able to wear scrubs, which are designed for comfort. If you like to dress up or work in a “business casual environment”, many facilities, payers, and group practices do require more professional attire.
10. You can make a difference
Although medical coders aren't "saving lives" in the same way healthcare providers do, their contribution is vital to ensure healthcare facilities operate smoothly and efficiently. And as medicine becomes more reliant on accurate data to improve healthcare outcomes, the contribution coders make to the overall health of patients is increasing.
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