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Medical Transcription - Involves listening to dictated recordings made by physicians and other health care professionals and transcribing them into medical reports, correspondence, and other administrative material. About two out of five transcriptionists work in hospitals. Another two out of five work in physicians’, offices and clinics. Transcriptionists may work out of their homes using personal computers connected to medical offices or hospitals. Average salary $32,600/yr.

Medical Coder - Medical coding specialists read and review medical documentation, which is then translated into numeric codes. Coders assign and sequence diagnostic and procedural codes using a universally recognized coding system. These medical codes are used extensively for reimbursement of hospital and physician claims for Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance payments. Knowledge of both the medical and business sides of health care is essential. Average salary $35,000/yr.

Two Years of Education or an Associates Degree

Health Information Technician - Organizer and evaluater medical records for completeness and accuracy and ensure that all forms are properly identified and signed. Technicians assign each patient to one of several hundred “diagnosis-related groups,” or DRGs. The DRG determines the reimbursement that the hospital will receive if they are covered by Medicare or other insurance programs. Technicians who specialize in coding are called health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors, or coding specialists. Average salary $35,000/yr.

Bachelors Degree or Higher

Computer Systems Analyst - Solves computer problems and applies computer technology to meet the individual needs of an organization. Systems analysts may plan and develop new computer systems or devise ways to apply existing systems’ resources to additional operations. Most systems analysts work with specific types of systems, including business, accounting or financial systems or scientific and engineering system. Some systems analysts also are known as systems developers or systems architects. Average salary $65,700/yr.

* All wages and salaries based on 2009 statistics.

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