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Future HIT Opportunities

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 11 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed in healthcare facilities. As the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Job prospects should be very good. In addition to job growth, numerous openings will result from the need to replace medical record and health information technicians who retire or leave the occupation permanently. Technicians that demonstrate a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in particularly high demand. (Reference

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