Overview of Healthcare Careers

Part 1 of our 4-part series on healthcare as a career path defines this growing industry and provides a general outlook of what it means to prospective job-seekers.


If you've decided on a career in healthcare, you've made a wise decision. The demand for those in such jobs is expected to grow as the population ages and new healthcare technologies require those who can bill, code, handle benefit requirements and manage busy medical practices. Such jobs are available in small physician offices or large hospitals, and can generate competitive salaries of more than $50,000 a year. [1]

Those in healthcare jobs are often the engine that keeps the healthcare system running.
For example:

  • A medical biller has a knowledge of coding and medical forms, which ensures accurate and up-to-date billing information.
  • Medical coding managers oversee the coding team and trains workers to make sure a hospital gets the correct reimbursement. In addition, these managers ensure regulations are followed.
  • An insurance claims examiner reviews, evaluates and processes claims and provides recommendations to resolve issues.
  • The health information manager takes charge of the customer information center staff, activity and goals.
  • Patient accounts supervisors oversee credit, collection, insurance and billing personnel in an inpatient or outpatient accounting office.
  • A reimbursement specialist ensures CPT-4 and ICD-10 coding is correct and then determines if the care provided matches with the submitted charges.

What Are the Highest Paying Non-Medical Jobs?

At the same time, some of the highest paying jobs in non-medical healthcare includes healthcare administrator ($100,000), health educator ($73,000), medical social worker ($65,000) and medical equipment preparer ($66,000).[2] Such positions may require advanced college degrees, while others can be gained through vocational or on-the-job training.

How is the Market Looking for Health Information Managers & Administrators?

Healthcare jobs are among some of the fastest-growing positions in healthcare. That's because the healthcare field is shifting from a fee-for-service focus to outcome-based reimbursement, which means there is a greater demand for health information management staff. Urgent-care facilities and more outpatient services require staff to input data, manage information and provide more oversight.[3]

The demand also is fueled by an aging American population that will require more healthcare services and management. By 2035, there will be about 78 million people age 65 or older.[4] While nearly one quarter of them are expected to live past age 90, they also have a high incidence of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes, reports the National Council on Aging.[5] Such conditions will require medical care, supervision and management. healthcare workers will help patients navigate and understand medical benefits that can become more complex as they age and deal with the increasing number of medical records and health insurance claims.

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[1] “Healthcare Jobs and Staffing | Ajilon.” Ajilon.

[2] “Top 10 Highest Paying Non-Clinical Careers.” AllHealthcare.

[3] O'Neill, Christina. “Non-Clinical Medical Careers Offer Bright Future - Even for the Squeamish.” Worcester Business Journal, 30 Sept. 2015.

[4] US Census Bureau. “Older People Projected to Outnumber Children.” Census Bureau QuickFacts, United States Census Bureau, 3 Dec. 2018.

[5] Healthy Aging Team | 2.2.2017. “10 Most Common Chronic Diseases [Infographic] - Healthy Aging Blog.” NCOA, 2 Feb. 207AD.

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