3 Reasons Why Medical Coding and Billing Makes an Awesome Career

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girl at deskCurrently there is a 30% shortage nationwide of medical coders and billers, making now a great time to jump into the field. In addition to a good salary, a medical billing and coding career offers plenty of advancement opportunities. This career, which is vital to the healthcare industry, might be just the job you are looking for and is only a quick certification away. Need more convincing? Here are 3 big reasons why a medical coding and billing career is an awesome choice.

You’re at the heart of one of the nation’s largest industries
Not only is healthcare always going to be needed, but it is one of the largest industries in the nation and is growing. Healthcare is expected to generate 2.8 million new jobs by 2022. With our aging population, recent government regulations, the continual develop of new tests and treatments, high obesity/disease rates, and more, as a medical coder you are sure to always have a great job—all without seeing even a drop of blood.

Work in healthcare without the usual danger and demands
There will always be a need for healthcare, and medical coding lets you work in this growing industry without interacting directly with patients: no blood, no needles, no risk of illness.

Direct patient care is actually one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Nurses and doctors are exposed to disease, hostile patients, long hours, stressful conditions, and more. In fact, according to a study done by the United States Department of Labor, the healthcare and social assistance industry reported more injury and illness cases than any other private industry, a total of 653,900 cases—152,000 more than the next industry sector.

Additionally, many in the healthcare world endure stressful, sporadic, long, or on-call hours. As a medical coder and biller, you’ll have the perks healthcare’s growth and stability while enjoying a 9–5 workday well away from danger and disease.

A shortage of coding professionals nationwide
Ready for some more exciting statistics? Right now the medical coding and billing industry is short of trained medical coders by 30%. With the implementation of a new coding system scheduled for October, the shortage is expected to be over 50% by the end of the year, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an additional growth of 22% in new medical billing and coding jobs between 2012 and 2022. The projected growth is so remarkable largely due to this implementation of ICD-10. As CNBC reported, “In order to make sure billing and payments do not fall behind, many hospitals began preparing to hire more coders to make up for the expected loss in productivity.” (See CNBC’s full report at http://www.cnbc.com/id/102053684.)

Clearly now is the ideal time to jump into the medical billing and coding industry, and to top it all off, the job is just a short certification away! For instance, at Career Step (which offers the only AHIMA-approved online certificate training program) your medical coding training can be completed in as little as 4 months.

For a rundown on the simple steps to becoming a medical coder, check out Career Step’s medical coding career paths infographic and start on your path to an awesome career.

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  1. Caitlin April 30, 2015

    Is medical coding and billing a job that could be done from home? Or is it something that only a few are lucky enough to have a found a work from home job in that field?

  2. Career Step May 04, 2015

    Hi Caitlin,

    The medical coding and billing profession is one that is offering an increasing number of work-at-home positions. In the past, these positions have typically been reserved for those with several years of experience; however, with the increasing demand for well-trained professionals, more work-at-home opportunities are becoming available for those just entering the field. With that being said, if you’re set on working from home straight out of the gate,  it’s important to understand that you’ll need an added measure of persistence, patience, and determination in your job search.

    All said, working at home is definitely a viable option for a medical coding and billing career. =)

    Best wishes!

  3. Kate May 22, 2015

    Hi Caitlin, I work at a hospital and after a probationary period of 90 days (or longer if you need some extra time) they allow you to work one day at the office in the hospital and the rest remotely. Maybe this may also be offered somewhere near you?

  4. Career Step May 26, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Kate!

  5. Michele February 09, 2016

    Hi, I completed by training for Medical Billing and Coding Oct 2011. I live in Southern California and yet to find a position in the field. I’m no stranger to online job searching or using good ol footwork to look for employment however something is missing. I would still looking forward to working in the field. Hopefully it will happen soon. Has anyone had this sort of luck gaining their first Medical Billing and Coding job?

  6. Cheryl Jones June 24, 2016

    Shortage?  I am an experienced Medical Biller who has been out of work for a year and a half.  I have applied for 675 jobs so far and can’t get one.  Medical billing used to pay well, but does not pay well any longer.  Because of technology there is less need for them every year, not to mention the hundreds of medical billing schools that are popping out graduates all over the place.

  7. Career Step June 28, 2016

    Hi Cherlyl,
    We’re so sorry to hear that that has been your experience! Needs vary across the country, so perhaps your area doesn’t have as much demand. Another factor that may be impacting your job search is that most of the demand referenced in our article is for the medical coding side of things. Employers are most interested in those with coding certifications.

    Wishing you the best of luck in your continued job search!

  8. Jenn Schiller September 10, 2016

    I am currently enrolled in a coding and billing certification program. I am looking forward to getting a job in this new career. I am getting all A’s in my classes and have been the top student in each so far. I currently reside in Ohio and would like to work in a hospital setting if possible. If you can help me with advice or direction for a job please email me!

  9. Instructor Michelle September 13, 2016


    To find our more about current job prospects, it would be a good idea to speak with our Graduate Support Adviser by calling 1-888-657-5752 opt 4, and they are very knowledgeable regarding coding jobs.

    Good luck!

  10. Rhea Harper January 19, 2017

    I am in my last semester at a local college here in Richmond, VA for the medical records coder certificate. It is an 18mo. long course. However, due to life happening, it has taken me 4 yrs. to complete it. However, I have managed to make dean’s list every semester.

    I understand that graduation alone will NOT get me a job and that I need to take the board to become either a Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Coding Specialist or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based. HTH! Best wishes to everyone.



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