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The US Department of Labor classifies medical coding as an apprenticeable occupation. Registered apprenticeship programs provide paid on-the-job training and academic instruction.
Medical coding specialists are in demand. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the shortage of qualified health information management and technology workers will hit 50,000 by 2015.
According to the US Department of Labor, job growth for medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21% between 2010 and 2020, which is considered faster than average for all occupations. This increase is partly due to the aging of our population—Americans will be using more and more healthcare services in coming decades. New regulations that demand more accountability from healthcare providers are also creating jobs for qualified medical coding specialists.
Demand is highest for candidates with mastery-level credentials (CCS or equivalent), those with several years of work experience and those with expertise in certain medical fields such as interventional radiology.