Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (29-2071)

Occupation description:  Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industrys numerical coding system. Excludes File Clerks (43-4071).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 487551 13.16 1218
United States 188,600217,600 15.42,900 4,2207,120

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 19.9312.0514.39 18.2923.9330.21
Alaska 27.3615.6717.71 21.3125.5532.63
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 20.5915.6917.38 20.0923.5427.58
Fairbanks North Star Borough 22.3416.3318.87 21.9625.0629.55
Southeast Region 26.3317.6321.36 25.2031.2036.95
Balance of State **21.36 *31.20*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
61147 7.740.1 29.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation122
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation41
UI claimants previously working in occupation40
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 665
Number of job position postings 123
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.4

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska Career College   (Anchorage)
Insurance Coding and Billing Certificate

Alaska Med Code   (Anchorage)
Professional Medical Coder, Anchorage
Professional Medical Coder, MatSu Valley

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Medical Terminology

Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Professional Medical Coding

Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Health Science

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate

North Star Computing   (Fairbanks)
Step-by-Step Medical Coding

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Medical Terminology

Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Applied Science and Technology in Health Services Technology BS

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Medical Office Coding OEC

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Health Care Reimbursement CT2
Medical Coding OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Healthcare Information Tech OEC

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Medical Coding and Billing