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Technician, Medical Coding
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ActivitiesTechnicians who specialize in coding are called medical coders or coding specialists. Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems software. The classification system determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system. Coders may use several coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory settings, physician offices, or long-term care.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$30,600 per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsMedical records and health information technicians work in pleasant and comfortable offices. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which there is no direct hands-on patient care.

Minimum Education RequirementsAssociate's Degree

SkillsActive Listening, Writing, Time Management, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Written Comprehension, Information Ordering, Oral Comprehension