Rasmussen College hosted its first-ever live Career Chat on Mar. 21 to honor Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week.
The Careers in Health Information Technology chat – which used Google+ live streaming to connect participants virtually – featured three Rasmussen College career experts and Susan Parker, a registered HIT professional and owner of recruiting firm Seagate Consultants.
Highlights of the Career Chat included:
HIT Job Overview
Parker lent her insight into HIT job titles and typical HIT daily duties. She emphasized that, contrary to popular belief, HIT professionals aren’t limited to working only in hospitals.
“A hospital is the first [location] that comes to mind,” Parker said. “But then, all of us go to our doctor’s offices and we know that health information is collected there, but there’s also insurance companies, and even working with the federal government.”
HIT Job Growth
Grant Tilus, Rasmussen College inbound marketing specialist, shared data about HIT job growth. Employment numbers for HIT and health information management (HIM) careers are trending upward (see chart), meaning these growing fields will be able to employ more workers in the years to come.
“We will be transitioning to ICD-10 and that has opened up numerous jobs,” Parker said, referring to a medial classification system used by HIT professionals to code patient’s health problems.
HIT Education Requirements
Elizabeth Lintleman, Rasmussen College manager of career services, spoke about the education HIT professionals need to break into the field.
“Education is really key,” she said. “The economy, the job market is pretty tough right now, so having that education really sets you apart from all those other job seekers.”
Of course, these experts covered plenty more about HIT careers:
- Skills HIT professionals need (Skip to 8:53 in the video to see this information)
- How to highlight your skills and experience on a HIT resume (11:22 and 19:03)
- HIT salaries (12:45)
- How to gain confidence for interviews (21:08)
- HIT networking tips (22:47)
If you missed this Career Chat and want to know more about HIT careers, don’t worry: Simply click the link to stream a recorded version via Google+.